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Publisher: Paramica

Format: paperback

ISBN: 978-88-89582-51-0

Guglielmo Tell

Gioachino Rossini based one of his greatest operas on the legend of Swiss hero William Tell, a father and talented marksman from the county of Uri. A tyrant named Gessler, who represented the ruling Austrian Hapsburgs, placed his hat on a pole in the town square and made everyone bow to it.


Tell refused to bow and was arrested. Gessler told Tell he would be freed if he could shoot an apple off the top of his son’s head with an arrow. Tell’s courage inspired the Swiss to rebel against their Austrian rulers. Rossini’s opera was so loved by the Swiss people that for years they would play its music on their klaxon horns. Tell’s story is told by Cristina Marsi and magnificently illustrated by Stefania Pravato.


Quadrilingual volume:

Italian, English, German, French


Author: Cristina Marsi

Illustrator: Stefania Pravato


Prefaced by: Alberto Zedda


Composer: Gioachino Rossini

Original libretto by: Etienne de Jouy and Hippolyte Bis


ISBN: 978-88-89582-51-0

# Pages: 44

Size: 11 3/4′ x 8 1/4′

Format: Paperback