Guillaume Tell

Romantic opera from 1829

Étienne de Jouy
Librettist
Hippolyte Bis
Librettist

Description

Guillaume Tell (English: William Tell, Italian: Guglielmo Tell) is an opera in four acts by Gioachino Rossini to a French libretto by Étienne de Jouy and Hippolyte Bis. Based on Friedrich Schiller's play William Tell, which drew on the William Tell legend, the opera was Rossini's last, although he lived for nearly forty more years. Fabio Luisi said that Rossini planned for William Tell to be his last opera even as he composed it. The overture, in four sections and featuring a depiction of a storm as well as a vivacious finale, the "March of the Swiss Soldiers," is often played.

Charles Malherbe, archivist at the Paris Opéra, discovered the original orchestral score of the opera at a secondhand book seller's shop, resulting in its being acquired by the Paris Conservatoire.

Year 1829
Opening Night 1829
Time Period Romantic
Instrumentation Opera orchestra, Opera chorus, Soli

Scores

Guillame Tell: Overture to the Opera
Ernst Eulenburg & Co. GmbH 2011
Rossini, et al.
Finale from William Tell Overture
Cimarron Music Press 1829
Kaucher, et al.
Overture "William Tell"
Novello & Company 1829
Rossini, et al.
Sombre forêt
A-R Editions, Inc. 1829
Caswell, et al.

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The Yellow Guide To Classical Music
Deutsche Grammophon
The Melody Shop
Chandos
Black Dyke Plays Rossini
Chandos
Great Operatic: Arias
Chandos
Rossini! Rossini!
Butterfly Music
Famous Overtures
Abaco Music
Classical Spots
Abaco Music
Overtures 2
Cavendish Music
Symphony Orchestra of Canada: Expressions of a Canadian heart
Trilogy Records International
Power Classics, Vol. 3
Rainbow Media OMP
Between The Sky and The Earth
Baltic Records Group
Light Opera and Classical Favourites
Rainbow Media OMP
Georges Thill: Romantic Arias
Classical.com Music
Rossini Gala
Warner Music
Overtures & Opera Arias
Warner Music
Rossini: Gala of the Bicentenary
Warner Music
Opera Choruses
Warner Music
Icon: Montserrat Caballé
Warner Music
Overtures/La boutique fantasque
Warner Music
Prima Voce: Eide Norena
Nimbus
Prima Voce: Cesar Vezzani
Nimbus
Prima Voce: Leo Slezak
Nimbus
José van Dam sings Favorite Romantic Arias
Classical.com Music