Wednesday 7 December 2016
Tune of the Day: Diavolo by Auber
Tune from the opera “Fra Diavolo”, arranged for two flutes
This flute duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833. The tune is that of Zerline's celebrated aria from Act I of Daniel Auber's 1830 opera Fra Diavolo, ou L'hôtellerie de Terracine. The original French lyrics start with “Voyez sur cette roche”, but the Italian (“Quell'uom dal fiero aspetto”) and English (“On yonder rock reclining”) translations are also well known.
The aria makes a notable appearance in the 1933 Laurel and Hardy film The Devil's Brothers (a.k.a. Bogus Bandits), based on Auber's opera.