Composed by Giaochino Rossini, The Thieving Magpie is best known for the overture, which is musically notable for its use of snare drums. The unique inspiration in the melodies is extreme, famously used to bizarre and dramatic effect in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. This memorable section in Rossini’s overture evokes the image of the opera’s main subject: a devilishly clever, thieving magpie.
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