Something for Thursday

I heard a performance of this on the radio the other day, and since this is one of those “Hear it once and hum it for days and days” pieces, I just have to share it. It’s one of the most famous overtures of all time, even if the opera it opens isn’t performed very often. The overture is in four sections, and the third and fourth comprise two of the most famous passages of classical music ever, with the slow section often used to accompany pastoral imagery in film and teevee, and the final section…well, everybody knows what association eventually resulted there, don’t we?

Here is Rossini’s Overture to William Tell.

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