Definitions for habaneraˌhɑ bəˈnɛər ə or, often, -ˈnyɛər ə
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ha•ba•ne•raˌhɑ bəˈnɛər ə or, often, -ˈnyɛər ə(n.)(pl.)-ras.
a slow dance of Cuban origin in duple time.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of habanera:
1875–80; < Sp
music composed in duple time for dancing the habanera
a Cuban dance in duple time
A style of music from Cuba.
A dance performed to this music.
Habanera is the popular name for the aria "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" from Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen. It is the entrance aria of the title character, a mezzo-soprano role, in scene 5 of the first act. The vocal range covers D4 to F♯5 with a tessitura from D4 to D5. The score of this aria was adapted from the habanera "El Arreglito", originally composed by the Spanish musician Sebastián Yradier. Bizet thought it to be a folk song; when others told him he had used something that had been written by a composer who had died only ten years earlier, he had to add a note to the vocal score of Carmen, acknowledging its source. The French libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. It is based on a descending chromatic scale followed by variants of the same phrase in first the minor and then the major key, corresponding to the vicissitudes of love expressed in the lyrics.
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