Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
is a chorus from the third act of the opera Nabucco (1842) by Giuseppe Verdi
. It recollects the story of Jewish exiles in Babylon after the loss of the First Temple in Jerusalem. The opera with its powerful chorus established Verdi
as a major composer in 19th-century Italy. Upon the composer’s death, along his funeral's cortege in the streets of Milan, bystanders started spontaneous choruses of "Va, pensiero…" A month later, when he was reinterred alongside his wife at the 'Casa di Riposo', a choir of eight hundred performed the famous hymn.
The masterpiece is here arranged by Richard H. Lloyd for Grade 5-6 solo Piano.