The famous “Lone Ranger” theme — ta da dump, ta da dump, ta da dump, dump, dump! — comes from the overture to Gioachino Rossini’s 1829 opera, “William Tell,” the tale of the Swiss folk hero who shot an apple off his son’s head with a crossbow. The story is eternal, and so was Rossini’s original, unabridged four-act opera, which clocked in at more than five hours long.
The abbreviation ff on a musical score instructs musicians to do what?
A) Play loudly
B) Play quickly
C) Play slowly
D) Play softly
Previous answer: In the famous phone scene from “Taken,” Liam Neeson says: “I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills — skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”
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