William Tell Overture Analysis Gcse Music Form

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‘William Tell Overture’ is one of the most well-known classical music that people would recognize this song right away when they hear it; especially for its finale section. The music was composed by Gioachino Anotonio Rossini in 1829. He is an Italian composer who has written several operas, sacred music, chamber music and some piano pieces and he was the popular opera composer before his retirement in 1829. Some of his well-known music “includes the Italian comedies The Barber o Seveille, La cenetrentola (Cinderella) and French-language epics Moise et Pharaon and Willaim Tell” (Wikipedia). William Tell Overture is an interesting overture that has some stories behind each section. I have listened to this music for several times, and the most…show more content…
This sudden change of melody gives an indication that something unexpected will happen to William Tell. As the flutes were continuing their play, the whole orchestra joins the flute by playing with a crescendo. This part is where the rhythm and tempo completely differs from the first section. The first part had monophonic texture whereas this section has heterophonic texture. For instance, in the first section violins and cellos were playing along the same melody, but in this section, trumpets, violins/cellos and other instruments were playing the different melodies. Also, every instrument in the orchestra seemed to be playing as loud as it can to create such impact on the whole atmosphere. The trumpets were playing very high notes that outstands all the instruments in loudness and violins were also playing high-pitch sounds that you might hear in suspenseful or scary moments in the movies. I believe this section is where the composer was trying to describe the horrific events that have occurred to William Tell. From my experience in media, when you watch scary movies, there is a moment where the silent moment builds up the intensity, and suddenly breaks that silent atmosphere by encountering a big surprise. The trumpets also sounds like fast heartbeats that you get when you encounter that frightening events. After about one minute of playing the climax, the whole orchestra slow down the tempo and music becomes quiet again like the first

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