Don Quixote (14) - Finale Richard Strauss
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Orlando Furioso: music inspired by the epic poem
Donizetti's music teacher Mayr was considered by some to be greater than Beethoven. Rossini, no less, deemed Mayr a rival. For his version of 'Orlando Furioso', Mayr gave stratospheric solos to the characters of Ginevra and the castrato role of Ariodante.