Anvil Chorus, from Il Trovatore (violin duo)
Title: Anvil Chorus, from the opera Il Trovatore
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Two Violins
Printout: 4 pages
Note: Also known as the “Gypsy Chorus”, this selection from Il Trovatore is known for its use of idiosyncratic percussion (hammers and anvils – or reasonable substitutes). The basses strike on the beats and the tenors on the off-beats, accompanied by heavy chords in the orchestra. It is a joyous chorus; Verdi makes pounding molten metal in sweltering heat sound like a fun weekend afternoon. Arranged for two violins, the Anvil Chorus is highly effective as a duet and could even be used as an chamber music concert encore.
A duet version of the Anvil Chorus arranged for violin and viola is also available. Click here.
More Verdi for two violins:
Grand March, from Aida
La donna è mobile, from Rigoletto
Soldier’s Chorus (Part I – “Or co’ dadi), from Il Trovatore
Un di felice, eterea, from La Traviata
Valse, from La Traviata
Va Pensiero, from Nabucco