Soldiers’ Chorus (Part I – “Or co’ dadi”), from Il Trovatore (violin duo)


Title: Soldiers’ Chorus “Or co’ dadi”, from the opera Il Trovatore

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. David Gable

Instrumentation: Two Violins

Printout: 4 pages

Note: The curtain rises at the beginning of Act III of 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 context, Or co’ dadi is a cheerful, march-like piece. It is well suited for wedding receptions, parties, and other celebratory events. It also works extremely well as a string duet.

The first violin part of this arrangement can be played on the flute modification of double stops and tremolos.


More Verdi for two violins:

Anvil Chorus, from Il Trovatore
Grand March, from Aida
La donna è mobile, from Rigoletto
Un di felice, eterea, from La Traviata
Valse, from La Traviata
Va Pensiero, from Nabucco


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