Set in the fourteenth century during the hostile Austrian occupation of Switzerland, William Tell is a reluctant freedom fighter, battling heroically against the tyranny and oppression of the invading forces
Runtime: 30 minutes
William Tell - William Tell Overture - Netflix
The William Tell Overture is the overture to the opera William Tell (original French title Guillaume Tell), whose music was composed by Gioachino Rossini. William Tell premiered in 1829 and was the last of Rossini's 39 operas, after which he went into semi-retirement (he continued to compose cantatas, sacred music and secular vocal music). The overture is in four parts, each following 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 in radio, television and film. Two different parts were also used, as theme music for the British television series The Adventures of William Tell, the fourth part (popularly identified in the USA with The Lone Ranger) in the UK, and the third part, rearranged as a stirring march, in the US. 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.
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Described by David Wondrich as a “frequent target of plunder by brass bands in the years during which they dominated the American musical landscape”, the overture features prominently in Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon The Band Concert. It has also been used in cartoons parodying classical music (e.g. Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster in which the overture's finale is performed by Daffy Duck and Porky Pig) or Westerns (e.g. Bugs Bunny Rides Again). The finale has also been sung with specially written lyrics by Daffy Duck in Yankee Doodle Daffy and by a quartet of singing policemen (as “Happy Anniversary”) in The Flintstones episode “The Hot Piano”. One of the most frequently used pieces of classical music in American advertising, the overture (especially its finale) appears in numerous ads, with psychologist Joan Meyers-Levy suggesting that it is particularly suitable for those targeting male consumers. It was used in a hip-hop version by DJ Shadow to accompany the 2001 “Defy Convention” advertisement campaign for Reebok athletic shoes and in an electronic version for a 2008 Honda Civic campaign. Stan Freberg created a famous commercial for Jeno's Pizza Rolls built around the association of the Finale in the public mind with the Lone Ranger. At the time, Lark cigarettes was using the theme in a campaign called “Show us your Lark pack!” and the Jeno's ad parodied this as well. Amongst the films which feature the overture prominently is Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, where an electronic rearrangement by Wendy Carlos of the finale is played during a fast motion orgy scene. The less frequently heard introductory portion of the overture is used as somber mood music later in the film. The opening phrase of the Finale was used in The Princess Diaries when Security Chief Joe rescued Mia Thermopolis after her Mustang stalled out in a driving rainstorm. The overture, especially its finale, also features in several sporting events. It has been used by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for many years. During the third television time-out of every second half at Indiana University basketball games, the Indiana pep band and cheerleading squad perform the overture with cheerleaders racing around the court carrying eighteen flags. Indiana public address announcer Chuck Crabb said the tradition began in about 1979 or 1980. Sportscaster Billy Packer called it “the greatest college timeout in the country.” The Noddy episode “Lost and Found” uses the tune for a song of the same name that the toy characters sing when looking for Rusty, a toy clown.
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