La donna è mobile, from Rigoletto (violin duo)


Title: La donna è mobile from the opeara Rigoletto

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. David Gable

Instrumentation: Two Violins

Printout: 2 pages

Note: To say that Rigoletto was the Hamilton of its day would be no overstatement. Verdi guarded the score closely before the premier, only giving the part for La donna è mobile to the lead tenor at the last moment. The aria was a hit. The audience left the hall humming and whistling the tune, and within days strains of the song were heard from practically every organ grinder in Milan. The lightly textured orchestration of Verdi’s score makes this famous aria ideal fare for a string duo.


More Verdi for two violins:

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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