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Rossini William Tell (Overture) – Cello Part

Edited by Ronald Leonard

Title: William Tell (Overture)
Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
Instrument: Violoncello
Edited By: Ronald Leonard
Instrumentation: Orchestral
Pages: 8

The cello part for the Overture from Rossini's William Tell has been edited by Ronald Leonard, principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1975 until 1999. Leonard's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.

William Tell is an opera in four acts by Gioachino Rossini, based on a play by the same name. It was Rossini's last opera, and due to the Overture, ranks among his most famous compositions. The William Tell Overture – in particular its high-energy finale – has been adopted for film, television, and radio. These include The Lone Ranger, A Clockwork Orange, and The Eagle Shooting Heroes.

The Overture itself is comprised of four parts, each linked to the next:

  1. The Prelude (Dawn): in E major... a slow section played by the cello section (including parts for five soloists), double basses, and the timpani
  2. The Storm: in E minor... dynamic section played by the full orchestra, with backup from the trombones
  3. The Ranz des Vaches (Call to the Dairy Cows): in G major... features the cor anglais (English horn) and the flute
  4. The Finale (March Of The Swiss Soldiers) in E major... the famous "cavalry charge" galop heralded by horns & trumpets and played by the full orchestra

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