Sheet Music: La donna è mobile

TitleLa donna è mobile
from Rigoletto
ComposerGiuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyB major
RangeF#4–A#5
Time signature3/8
Tempo138 BPM
Performance time1:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-07-22
Last updated2010-07-22
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Arias, Opera excerpts, Romantic, Show-off pieces

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Thursday 22 July 2010

Tune of the Day: La donna è mobile

from Giuseppe Verdi's “Rigoletto”

“La donna è mobile” (“Woman is fickle”) is the cynical Duke of Mantua's song from Giuseppe Verdi's 1851 opera Rigoletto. The inherent irony is that it is the callous playboy Duke himself who is mobile (“inconstant”) This canzone is famous as a showcase for tenors, and has been recorded by Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and hundreds of others. Before this song's first public performance, which took place in Venice, it was rehearsed under tight secrecy: a necessary precaution, because it proved to be catchy and soon after its first public performance every gondolier in Venice was singing it!