Classical Music Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Classical Music 18
  • Classical music composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky http Classical Music Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Classical Music 1812 Overture Classical Music Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Classical Music: 1812 Overture The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major, Op. 49, popularly known as the 1812 Overture (French: Ouverture Solennelle, L'Année 1812, Russian: Торжественная увертюра «1812 год», Festival Overture The Year 1812), is an overture written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate Russia's defense of Moscow against Napoleon's advancing Grande Armée at the Battle of Borodino in 1812. The overture debuted in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on August 20, 1882 in the Gregorian or NS calendar (the date in the Julian or OS calendar was August 8). The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire and ringing chimes. On his 1891 visit to the United States, Tchaikovsky conducted the piece at the dedication of Carnegie Hall in New York City. While this piece has little connection with United States history besides the War of 1812 diverting the British, freeing Napoleon to attack Russia, it is often a staple at Fourth of July celebrations, such as the annual show by the Boston Pops and at Washington DC's annual program called A Capitol Fourth. Instrumentation The 1812 Overture is scored for an orchestra comprising the following: * brass band * woodwind: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets in B♭, 2 bassoons ...

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