Anvil Chorus, from Il Trovatore (violin viola duo)
Title: Anvil Chorus, from the opera Il Trovatore
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Violin and Viola
Printout: 4 pages
Note: During the Anvil Chorus, which is probably the theatrical highlight of Il Trovatore, an assortment of gypsy blacksmiths gather on stage to sing about the delights of swinging heavy hammers from dawn to dusk in a swelteringly hot smithy. Just kidding. They are actually singing about the delights of wine and women from dusk to dawn, but no one can tell for all the crashing and banging going on in the orchestra pit.
Duet versions of the Anvil Chorus, arranged for two violins, two violas, violin/cello and viola/cello are also available.
More Verdi for violin/viola duo:
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
Un di felice, eterea, from La Traviata
Valse, from La Traviata
Va Pensiero, from Nabucco
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