This is the 5th extract of Carmen arranged for standard mixed choirs. You don’t need to be accompanied on the piano or by an orchestra. Habanera is a binary Cuban dance which became famous in Europe by the end of the 19th century. This genre was created by Ignacio Cervantes. Many composers such as Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, Emmanuel Chabrier, Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel were inspired by metrics. This habanera was in fact Sebastián Iradier’s in El arreglito. He was a Spanish composer and singing teacher of Eugénie de Montijo.