Chabrier: Habanera

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From July to December 1882 Chabrier and his family took an extended holiday in Spain, where he noted down folk tunes and rhythms such as we find in this Habanera, published three years later.

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It wasn’t all work, however. ‘On the beach,’ he wrote to his publisher, ‘those señoras possessed of a well-developed bosom often have trouble remembering to do up their costumes securely. From now on I shall carry buttons and thread with me. To be of service is my greatest desire.’