Excerpts from the Wikipedia article:

“The William Tell Overture is the instrumental introduction to the opera Guillaume Tell (in EnglishWilliam Tell) by Gioachino Rossini. William Tell premiered 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. The overture is in four parts, each following the next without pause. There has been repeated use (and sometimes parody) of parts of this overture in both classical music and popular media, most famously as the theme music for the Lone Ranger radio and television shows. Franz Liszt prepared a piano transcription of the overture in 1838 (S.552) which became a staple of his concert repertoire. There are also transcriptions by other composers, including versions by Louis Gottschalk for two and four pianos and a duet for piano and violin.”
(To find out more about this very beatiful, well known, always liked overture, access: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tell_Overture)

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