August 9 – Instrument Wannbe

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Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore: Anvil Chorus (Vedi! le fosche notturne)
Orchestras have as many as 33 different instruments, and sometimes composers go wild and add even more “instruments” not usually seen in concert halls. Take, for example, Verdi’s Anvil Chorus from the opera “Il Trovatore,” sung by a group of gypsies at dawn banging on their anvils while forging metal.

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