1812 Overture

FRIDAY, October 25, 2019

The 1812 Overture…

Tchaikovksy hated this. It’s hard to believe, but he felt like it kept people from hearing things he was proud of, and in fact it is often true that composers come to loathe the things the public loves the most. But to be fair it was probably not well played within his lifetime. He did not include any choral music in his own work, but this version, with chorus, I think is pretty amazing.

Popular for 137 years…

At at any rate, the public always has the last word, and this piece has been amazingly popular from the time it was first played, much to the dislike of Tchaikovsky – who nevertheless enjoyed the money it made for him.


3 thoughts on “1812 Overture

  1. I seem to have heard the ending with the bells ringing numerous times, but I don’t remember the beginning with that beautiful peaceful music. Is that ending played more often, on different occasions, that it would be so familiar? (but the rest not)

  2. I remember this piece from many dramatic scenes in movies. Each time I hear this I picture men and women on a battlefield fighting for their lives, for their country, for their family, and for their future, and finally the survivors reuniting with friends for and family and contently living their lives.


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