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Anvil original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks

Anvil original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks

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The "Anvil Chorus" is a famous choral piece from the second act of the Italian opera "Il Trovatore" by Giuseppe Verdi. The piece features a group of blacksmiths singing and striking their anvils in rhythm as they work, creating a powerful and percussive sound.

The "Anvil Chorus" has become one of the most well-known and recognizable pieces of classical music, and is often performed by choirs and orchestras around the world. Its catchy melody and rhythmic intensity make it a popular choice for everything from commercials to sports events.

Despite its popularity, the "Anvil Chorus" is just one small part of the epic and tragic story of "Il Trovatore," which tells the tale of love, revenge, and betrayal in medieval Spain. The opera premiered in Rome in 1853, and has remained a staple of the operatic repertoire ever since.

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