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The 1812 Overture, complete with cannon fire, performed at the 2005 Classical Spectacular in Melbourne, Australia

The Year 1812, festival overture in E major, Op. 49, popularly known as the 1812 Overture,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> is an overture 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.

The overture debuted in Moscow on 20 August 1882,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> 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.<ref name="Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Guide">Felsenfeld, Daniel. Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Guide, p. 54. Amadeus Press, 2006.</ref> The overture was conducted by Tchaikovsky himself in 1891 at the dedication of Carnegie Hall.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale. It has also become a common accompaniment to fireworks displays.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Where |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[where?] }} The 1812 Overture became Tchaikovsky's most popular work.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


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The 1812 Overture, complete with cannon fire, performed at the 2005 Classical Spectacular in Melbourne, Australia

The Year 1812, festival overture in E major, Op. 49, popularly known as the 1812 Overture,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> is an overture 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.

The overture debuted in Moscow on 20 August 1882,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> 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.<ref name="Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Guide">Felsenfeld, Daniel. Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Guide, p. 54. Amadeus Press, 2006.</ref> The overture was conducted by Tchaikovsky himself in 1891 at the dedication of Carnegie Hall.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale. It has also become a common accompaniment to fireworks displays.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Where |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[where?] }} The 1812 Overture became Tchaikovsky's most popular work.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


1812 Overture sections
Intro  Instrumentation  Musical structure  Composition  Performance practice  Recording history  References  External links  

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