Today, we’ll be listening to the end of the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. This piece, originally the overture to an opera, has been arranged for piano and is in several method books, including Piano Pronto Movements 1 and 2. It’s also in Bastien Book 4 and Piano Maestro.
The original story
Maybe your grandparents watched the original Lone Ranger
Or you saw the newer Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp
Here’s the entire William Tell Overture played by an orchestra
Franz Liszt made a really hard version for piano solo. See if you can follow along!
Piano Duet (1 piano, 4 hands)
Piano Duet arranged by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Piano Duo (2 pianos, 8 hands)
Piano Quartet (4 pianos, 16 hands)
For pipe organ
And then things get nuts with cartoons. Lots of cartoons used this music. Here are Mickey Mouse and friends
And Spike Jones
Poor Rossini – I think he’d have a fit if he knew how is music was being used.
• 1571 ~ Pier Francesco Corteccia, Composer, died at the age of 68
• 1730 ~ Georg von Pasterwiz, Composer
• 1736 ~ Karl Frieberth, Composer
• 1778 ~ Johann Georg Zechner, Composer, died at the age of 62
• 1784 ~ Jean-Baptiste Canavas, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1789 ~ Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Composer, died at the age of 81
• 1863 ~ Franz Xavier Gruber, Composer, died at the age of 75
• 1833 ~ Alexander Ritter, Composer
• 1846 ~ Wladyslaw Gorski, Composer
• 1865 ~ Guido Gasperini, Composer
• 1867 ~ Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi, Composer
• 1873 ~ Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher
• 1874 ~ Theodor Streicher, Composer
• 1885 ~ Percy Brier, Composer
• 1891 ~ Athos Palma, Composer
• 1893 ~ Johann Schrammel, Composer, died at the age of 43
• 1897 ~ George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor
• 1909 ~ Actress Mary Pickford made her motion picture debut in “The Violin Maker of Cremona”.
• 1911 ~ Franz Reizenstein, Composer
• 1911 ~ Silas Roy Crain, Singer/arranger/songwriter
• 1915 ~ Benjamin Lambord, Composer, died at the age of 35
• 1917 ~ Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti), Singer
• 1922 ~ Hubert Du Plessis, Composer
• 1926 ~ Dick Williams, Choral director of the Andy Williams Show
• 1926 ~ Henry Charles Tonking, Composer, died at the age of 63
• 1928 ~ Charles Strouse, American of popular music
• 1931 ~ Henry Weinberg, Composer
• 1932 ~ Emil Pauer, Composer, died at the age of 76
• 1934 ~ Phillip Entremont, Pianist
• 1934 ~ Samuel Lipman, Music critic
• 1934 ~ Wynn Stewart, Singer
• 1939 ~ Larry Clinton and his orchestra recorded In a Persian Market (by Ketelbey) on Victor Records.
• 1940 ~ Tom Jones, Grammy Award-winning singer
• 1941 ~ Jaime Laredo, Bolivian-born American violinist Clarence White (1944) Guitarist with the Byrds
• 1945 ~ Ruben Marcos Campos, Composer, died at the age of 69
• 1945 ~ The opera “Peter Grimes” by Benjamin Britten, premiered in London, at Sadler’s Wells Theater.
• 1948 ~ Georges Adolphe Hue, Composer, died at the age of 90
• 1949 ~ Due to an impending lawsuit that stemmed from Milton Berle’s TV show, comedienne Cathy Mastice held the first musical press conference. She sang her way into announcing the court action. Due to the publicity she received, Ms. Mastice became an overnight success.
• 1953 ~ Kukla, Fran (Allison) and Ollie, along with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler, were featured on the first network telecast in ‘compatible color’. The program was broadcast from Boston, MA.
• 1958 ~ Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson), Singer
• 1963 ~ First Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars)
• 1965 ~ Pierre Cardevielle, French Composer/conductor, died at the age of 59