Sunday, October 2, 2016
Gioachino Rossini - William Tell Overture
But we usually only hear a small portion of the Overture, which is basically a mini-Symphony of four parts. The one that we know is the last, "The March of the Swiss Soldiers". But listen all the way through and you'll recognize more of the overture than just this.
He had an interesting life. Born in 1914 in Chicago, a circus acrobat at 8 years old, he got into stunt man acting and from that into his iconic TV role. Serving in the Army Air Corps in the War he leant his celebrity stature to the cause of victory by leading a war bonds campaign. One of his films was "Target Invisible" about a fictional bomber squadron over Tokyo, and was used during the bond campaign.
He has an autobiography, I Was That Masked Man. And so you can see that while I may be intellectual, I'm not an Intellectual.