Dave Lampson wrote:
>Kevin Mostyn wrote:
>>I assume that there is a trick to this question, but I can't figure out
>>what the trick is. Oh well, I'll just state the obvious: the Guglielmo
>>Tell Overture, the beautiful cello section passage at the beginning.
>Well, now I can see how you might think that was a trick question.
>To be perfectly honest, I think I can now count the number of times I've
>have listened intently to the William Tell overture on exactly one finger.
It's unfortunate that the piece was so abused. It's not just section
4, the Lone Ranger section, that is famous, but also section 2 (for
storm and violent scenes) and section 3 (pastoral scenes.) These featured
prominently in cartoons and in other films where royalty-free music was
desired. As you now know, even section 1 is used for that purpose.
The overture is rather nice, perhaps not as elegant as the Semiramide,
but more melodically inventive. Give it a chance.
In addition to the Fiedler, the Reiner / CSO is well played. Toscanini
also did it well, also perhaps a bit driven as he aged.