Composer: Gioachino Antonio Rossini
Dates: 29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868
Title of Piece: William Tell Overture
Brief Biography: Rossini composed thirty-nine operas as well as sacred and instrumental music. He was nicknamed the Italian Mozart because of his tendency for inspired, song-like scores. As was common-practice for deadline-pressed operatic composers Rossini reused previous compositions in his work. A characteristic of his orchestral composition is the continuous building of the ostinato therefore creating a from whisper to a tempestuous crescendo effect.