Anvil Chorus, from Il Trovatore (violin cello duo)


Title: Anvil Chorus, from the opera Il Trovotore

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. David Gable

Instrumentation: Violin and Cello

Printout: 4 pages

Note: This popular number, also referred to as the Gypsy Chorus, is best known for a mere eight measures in which the gypsy blacksmiths on stage sing a rollicking tune in praise of wine and women while accompanied by clanging anvils (or reasonable substitutes) and crashing chords in the orchestra.


More Verdi for violin and cello:

Grand March from Aida
La Donna è mobile, from Rigoletto
Soldiers’ Chorus (Part I – “Or co’ dadi”), from Il Trovatore
Soldiers’ Chorus (Part II – “Squilli, ercheggi”), from Il Trovatore
Va, Pensiero, from Nabucco
Un di felice, eterea, from La Traviata
Valse, from La Traviata


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