Sheet Music: Overture

from William Tell
Alternate titlesFinale from the Guillaume Tell Overture
ComposerGioachino Rossini (1792–1868)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE major
Time signature2/4
Tempo152 BPM
Performance time3:20
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2009-08-26
Last updated2009-08-26
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Wednesday 26 August 2009

Tune of the Day: William Tell Overture

from Gioachino Rossini's opera “William Tell”

The overture to the opera William Tell, especially its high-energy finale, is a very familiar piece. There has been repeated use (and sometimes parody) of this overture in the popular media, most notably in the US as the theme music for the Lone Ranger radio and television shows. It was also featured in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, recorded on a Moog synthesizer by Wendy Carlos.

The overture is actually written in four parts. The last part, the “Finale”, is arguably the most famous, consisting of an ultra-dynamic “cavalry charge” galop which, in the original score, is heralded by trumpets and played by full orchestra.

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