Today we’re listening to something a lighter 🍾🍻🥂 “Libiamo ne’lieti calici” (popularly know as “The Drinking Song”) is the famous duet with chorus from Act I of the Italian opera La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. Sung by Alfredo (Luciano Pavarotti) and Violetta (Joan Sutherland) here when they first meet, it is probably the most famous drinking song in opera (this type of song is also known as a brindisi which is “toast” in Italian). The major key, waltz-style you will hear in this piece is know to be representative of circular motions, which have often been attributed to the themes of life and death, optimism and distrust—themes that
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