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The French Romantic composer Georges Bizet is best known for the world’s favourite opera 'Carmen', and 'The Pearl Fishers', but he achieved little success during his lifetime.
In May 1861, at a dinner party at which Liszt was present, Bizet astonished everyone by sight reading one of the maestro's most difficult piano pieces. Liszt said, ‘I thought there were only two men able to surmount the difficulties ... there are three, and ... the youngest is perhaps the boldest and most brilliant.’
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