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"Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (Italian pronunciation: [liˈbjaːmo nɛ ˈljɛːti ˈkaːlitʃi] ; "Let's drink from the joyful cups") is a famous duet with chorus from Verdi's La traviata , one of the best-known opera melodies and a popular performance choice (as is this opera itself) for many great tenors. The song is a brindisi, a lively song that encourages the drinking of wine or other alcoholic beverages.
A duet is a musical composition for two performers in which the performers have equal importance to the piece, often a composition involving two singers or two pianists. It differs from a harmony, as the performers take turns performing a solo section rather than performing simultaneously. A piece performed by two pianists performing together on the same piano is a "piano duet" or "piano four hands". A piece for two pianists performing together on separate pianos is a "piano duo".
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.
La traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La Dame aux camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas fils. The opera was originally titled Violetta, after the main character. It was first performed on 6 March 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice.
The duet is performed in the first act of the opera, during a late-night party at Violetta Valéry's house. It is sung by Violetta and Alfredo Germont, a young man who is in love with her. Alfredo is convinced by his friend Gastone and by Violetta to show off his voice. He begins this drinking song, later joined by Violetta and the rest of the company.
The words were written by Francesco Maria Piave.
The following discography contains information regarding some of the published recordings by Enrico Caruso made from 1902 through 1920 as have been made available in selected compact disc compilations.
A drinking song is a song sung while drinking alcohol. Most drinking songs are folk songs or commercium songs, and may be varied from person to person and region to region, in both the lyrics and in the music.
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"Un dì, felice, eterea" is a duet from the first act of Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata. It is sung by the male and female protagonists of the opera, Alfredo and Violetta. The main melody of the duet, which is very famous in its own right, is also an important musical theme throughout the opera.
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A brindisi is a song in which a company is exhorted to drink, a drinking song.
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