Decoding the music masterpieces: Rossini’s William Tell, and its famous overture

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Although it boasts one of the most famous sequences of music in existence, Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell is hardly a staple of the operatic repertoire.

  • Madeline Roycroft
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At five hours long in its original composition, and with a challengingly high male singing part, it is rarely heard in its entirety.

Deko 1aVictorian Opera’s current production of William Tell, a three-hour abridged version, is the first in Australia in over 140 years.

The opera is certainly most famous for its 12-minute Overture, the piece that sets the scene for it. Few excerpts of classical music have been used (and indeed, parodied) in popular media as…

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