Soldiers’ Chorus (Part I – “Or co’ dadi”), from Il Trovatore (cello duo)
Title: Soldiers’ Chorus (Part I – “Or co’ dadi”), from the opera Il Trovatore
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Two Cellos
Printout: 4 pages
Note: The curtain rises at the beginning of Act III of Verdi’s Il Trovatore (“The Troubadour”) to reveal the camp of Count di Luna’s army, the soldiers singing Or co’ dadi (“now we play at dice”) as they prepare themselves for battle. Despite its seemingly grim context, Or co’ dadi is a cheerful, march-like piece. It is well suited for wedding receptions, parties, and other celebratory events.
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