On the 3rd of June 1865 Bizet married a daughter of his old master, Halvy.
This admirable artist was later on destined to create Bizet's "Carmen."
One may point almost to Bizet, as shown in Carmen, as the special point from which Puccini started.
"Be content with operatic Spain," and I hummed a melody of Bizet's.
Your intervention on behalf of Bizet's widow gave me great pleasure.
Bizet, like Hérold, died soon after his masterpiece was done.
Hence his frantic apotheosis of health, the dance and laughter, and his admiration for Bizet's Carmen.
It is almost incredible that another brain than Bizet's should have so marvellously caught the spirit and the mood of that music.
Among modern French composers Bizet and Dlibes are my favourites.
I recall the following letter which Bizet wrote me some years before with deep pride.