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Feb 1, 2011
Buddy Greene at Carnegie Hall/Harmonica
Rossini's William Tell Overature is toward the end of this embed.
The William Tell Overture is the instrumental introduction to the opera Guillaume Tell (in English, William Tell) by Gioachino Rossini. There has been repeated use (and sometimes parody) of this overture in popular media, most famously for being the theme music for the Lone Ranger radio and television shows. It is quoted by Dmitri Shostakovich in his Symphony No. 15. William Tell was composed in 1829 and was the last of Rossini's 39 operas, after which he went into semi-retirement, although he continued to compose cantatas, sacred music and secular vocal music. Franz Liszt prepared a piano transcription of the overture in 1838 (S.552) and there are also transcriptions by other composers (e.g. a version by Louis Gottschalk for piano duet).The overture is in four parts, each following the next without pause: