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.
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
# Pages: 44
Size: 11 3/4′ x 8 1/4′
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