Overture to La Gazza Ladra from the Thieving Magpie

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By Gioacchino Rossini.  Arranged for 5 to 7 octave handbell choir, optional G1 and B1 and 5 to 7 octaves of handchimes.  Level 6.  Keith Burt’s masterful transcription of the well-known Rossini overture – the newest addition to the Virtuoso series – is not for the faint of heart!  Bold, frantic rhythms and lively runs abound, and with the quick, upbeat tempi, precision is of the utmost importance.  Even those listeners not well acquainted with opera will recognize the familiar theme that emerges halfway through, and will stay on the edges of their seats through the rollicking ending!

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