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  • In the tenth scene occurs an elegant duet ( "Serbami agnor si fido"), followed in the next scene by a stately priests 'march and chorus ( "Ergi omai la fronte altera"), set to ecclesiastical harmony and accompanied by full military band as well as orchestra, this being the first instance where a military band was used in Italian opera.

    The Standard Operas (12th edition) Their Plots, Their Music, and Their Composers


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