La donna è mobile, from Rigoletto (viola duo)


Title: La donna è mobile, from the opera Rigoletto

Compose: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. David Gable

Instrumentation: Two Violas

Printout: 2 pages

Note: When Verdi completed his score for Rigoletto, he did not allow the tenor singing the role of the Duke of Mantua to see the music for La donna è mobile until the day of the performance, lest it be publicly heard before the premier. (The tenor must have been a quick study!) Verdi was certain the catchy tune would be a hit, and he was right. The audience left the theater humming the tune, and within days organ grinders in the streets were playing what would become Verdi’s most widely recognized composition.


More Verdi for two violas:

Anvil Chorus, from Il Trovatore
Grand March, from Aida
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


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