The William Tell Overture is the overture to the opera William Tell (original French title Guillaume Tell), whose music was composed by Gioachino Rossini. William Tell premiered in 1829 and was the last of Rossini's 39 operas, after which he went into semi-retirement, although he continued to compose cantatas, sacred music and secular vocal music. The overture is in four parts, each following without pause. There has been repeated use (and sometimes parody) of parts of this overture in both classical music and popular media, most famously as the theme music for The Lone Ranger in radio, television and film. It was also used as the theme music for the British television series The Adventures of William Tell. Franz Liszt prepared a piano transcription of the overture in 1838 (S.552) which became a staple of his concert repertoire. There are also transcriptions by other composers, including versions by Louis Gottschalk for two and four pianos and a duet for piano and violin.
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The theme music to The Lone Ranger is March of the Swiss Soldiers, the finale of Gioachino Rossini's William Tell Overture. Thanks in part to an indelible association with the program and its swashbuckling eponymous character, Rossini's stirring instrumental is among one of the most recognisable in the classical canon.
By clicking "MUSIC" in the Lables index we will describe other classical selections used as background and transition themes in the radio series. Many can be determined in the book Mystery of the Masked Man's Music : A Search for the Music Used on 'the Lone Ranger' [Reginald M. Jones] on Amazon.com.
The Lone Ranger acquired his name after he was the sole survivor of a deadly ambush by violent outlaw Butch Cavendish, in which his brother and four other rangers were slain. Or so the legend goes. The Lone Ranger and sidekick Tonto often call each other "Kemosabe", which roughly translates as "faithful friend" in Potawatomi, a Central Algonquian language spoken by Native Americans around the Great Lakes in Michigan and Wisconsin.