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Rossini – William Tell Overture

Rossini – William Tell Overture

Arranged for string orchestra by Damian Iorio.

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This arrangement is based on the critical edition and is unabridged, unsimplified and faithful to the original score with regards to dynamics, phrasing and articulation. Included are two versions of the introduction: the original 5 celli version and a reduced version for smaller ensembles which requires only 3 celli.

Duration 12 minutes

Click here to listen to a performance of this arrangement performed by National Youth String Orchestra with Damian Iorio at 3 Choirs Festival

William Tell was Rossini’s final opera, a sweeping four-act opera based on Schiller’s play about the legendary Swiss archer. The programmatic overture, contains four distinct and easily recognisable sections: At Dawn, The Storm, The Calm and Finale – well known due to its frequent use in cartoons and television as “riding music.” The work opens with solo cellos which suggest the calm of dawn, described by Berlioz as “the solemn silence of nature when the elements and human passions are at rest.” A storm in the mountains erupts, suggesting both violent weather and the political chaos Schiller was suggesting in his original play. This is followed by the serene and beautiful Alpine section which leads directly to the finale  – a thrilling gallop full of infectious energy.