Soldiers’ Chorus (Part I – “Or co’ dadi”) from Il Trovatore (viola duo)
Title: Soldiers’ Chorus (Part I – “Or co’ dadi”), from the opera Il Trovatore
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Two Violas
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 cheerfully singing Or co’ dadi (“now we play at dice”) as they prepare themselves for battle (where but in an opera could this happen?). Despite its seemingly grim context, Or co’ dadi is a jaunty, march-like piece. It is well suited for wedding receptions, parties, and other celebratory events.
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