Habanera – From Bizet’s “Carmen” Beginner Sheet Music

Habanera

Here you will find sheet music for a beginner version of Habanera by Bizet.

Here is another piece that I recently arranged for my students. Students really enjoyed this piece so I thought I’d put it up online. Who would have thought that high school students would like opera? I think I have them hooked, though, or at least on this particular song. The music is beautiful and they really dug the triplets. We watched a version of it on YouTube and translated some of the lyrics: “Love is like a rebellious bird…”

I used this piece to teach triplets and the chromatic scale descending. I took the finger numbers off of it because it was too confusing with the constant change of hand positions. This is a fun thing to play in order to learn the new concepts.  This was written for Level 1 beginners.

 

 

Habanera Sheet Music

Lyrics below:

English Translation of Habanera

Love is a rebellious bird
that nobody can tame,
and you call him quite in vain
if it suits him not to come.

Nothing helps, neither threat nor prayer.
One man talks well, the other’s mum;
it’s the other one that I prefer.
He’s silent but I like his looks.

Love! Love! Love! Love!

Love is a gypsy’s child,
it has never, ever, known a law;
love me not, then I love you;
if I love you, you’d best beware! etc.

The bird you thought you had caught
beat its wings and flew away …
love stays away, you wait and wait;
when least expected, there it is!

All around you, swift, so swift,
it comes, it goes, and then returns …
you think you hold it fast, it flees
you think you’re free, it holds you fast.

Love! Love! Love! Love!

Love is a gypsy’s child,
it has never, ever, known a law;
love me not, then I love you;
if I love you, you’d best beware!


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