Today in History
August 20, 1882
Not just Noise
Famous Russian romantic composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky debuts the 1812 Overture at a celebration to mark the consecration of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. The piece celebrates Napoleon's retreat from Moscow in 1812, after the invading French army was thoroughly defeated by Russia's freezing winter. In addition to the standard orchestra parts, it features volleys of live cannon fire. The Overture, performed with cannons, has become a traditional part of American July Fourth celebrations even though Tchaikovsky's composition had nothing to do with the United States.
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