Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture (Ouverture Solennelle), Op 49

The Year 1812, festival overture in E♭ major, Op. 49, popularly known as the 1812 Overture, was written in 1880 by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to commemorate Russia's defense of its motherland against Napoleon's invading Grande Armée in 1812. It has also become a common accompaniment to fireworks displays. The overture debuted in Moscow on 20 August 1882, conducted by Ippolit Al'tani under a tent near the then unfinished Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which also memorialized the 1812 defense of Russia. The overture was conducted by Tchaikovsky himself in 1891 at the dedication of Carnegie Hall. The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale.    WIKIPEDIA


VIDEO: 1812 Overture "Overture Solennelle", Op. 49 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Peabody Youth Orchestra


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