1812 Overture

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1812 Overture in Eb major

Op. 49, TH49

About this work...

Frequently derided as a patchwork of bombastic clichés, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture is in fact a tautly crafted, brilliantly orchestrated, and immensely exciting piece for large orchestra, cathedral bells, and muzzle-loaded cannon. True enough, the work makes shameless use of Russian and French anthems and a folk hymn,... read more