Chabrier was heralded by the young generation of composers in France, particularly by Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc, as the founder of the French Modern. He achieved resounding success with his orchestra rhapsody España upon returning from his trip to Spain. Riding on this success, he composed the Habanera in 1885 which was met with equal enthusiasm. The piece was soon circulated in various arrangements. Chabrier himself transcribed the piece for orchestra in 1889.
This striking piece is ideal for teaching purposes and includes fingering by Tamara Stefanovich as well as a well-presented layout with optimum page turns.