About This Program
Approximate length 1:30
Rossini was the most beloved musician of his day for good reason: from a string sonata written at age twelve to the rousing overture from his final opera, William Tell, he applied his formidable talents to music of the utmost charm and delight. Drawing themes from Rossini’s signature stage works, the clarinet takes a star turn in the Introduction, Theme and Variations. Verdi’s impassioned string quartet reveals the chamber music mindset of opera’s reigning king.