Va, Pensiero, from Nabucco (violin cello duo)
Title: Va, Pensiero, from the opera Nabucco
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Violin and Cello
Printout: 4 pages
Note: Va Pensiero was written not long after the deaths of Verdi’s two children were followed by that of his wife. Deeply stricken, Verdi is said to have believed he would never compose another opera until he saw the libretto for Nabucco. He opened it to Va, Pensiero and immediately imagined the music that would become his most beloved operatic chorus. In this setting, the opening choral melody, which reflects the grieving of the Hebrews for their lost homeland, are given to the cello, while the violin plays the rolling arpeggio accompaniment.
More Verdi for violin and cello:
Anvil Chorus, from Il Trovatore
Grand March from Aida
La Donna è mobile, from Rigoletto
Soldiers’ Chorus (Part I – “Or co’ dadi”), from Il Trovatore
Soldiers’ Chorus (Part II – “Squilli, ercheggi”), from Il Trovatore
Un di felice, eterea, from La Traviata
Valse, from La Traviata
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