Anvil Chorus, from Il Trovatore (string quartet)
Title: Anvil Chorus, from the opera Il Trovatore
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Violin1, Violin 2, Viola and Cello
Printout: 8 pages
Note: In this rousing chorus from Verdi’s Il Trovatore (The Troubadour), the gypsy blacksmiths sing about their love of wine, women, and hammering on white-hot metals while standing next to a blazing furnace in the sweltering heat of a smithy. The audio sample includes the beginnings of both the chorus and the more famous refrain.