CHORUS OF THE HEBREW SLAVES
Guiseppe VERDI; arr. JACKSON
This is one of the best-known and best-loved of all opera choruses. The opera “Nabucco” is set in the Middle East in 6th century BC and tells of the persecution of the Jews by the Babylonian King Nabucco.
It used to be thought that Italians who first heard it in 1841 identified with the plight of the ancient Hebrew slaves and adopted the chorus as an informal national anthem, but it seems that there is little evidence for this myth.
This version is in an easier key than the original and can be performed without a choir (the audience usually hum along anyway), but Andrew and Andrew helpfully publish a choral version in the same key in case there are any singers who would like to sing the Italian words.
If you would like to see our excellent publication being used by hundreds of singers and players and hear the combined version, here is a link to an innovative performance in The Grainger Market, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9WOVBhcTDQ
Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bb Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Strings (single violin part). Additonal parts (not in the score) for Bass Clarinet in Bb (from bassoon part) and 2 Alto Saxophones in Eb (from Horn 1 & 2).