7.4.13 … July 4: What’s Tchaikovsky got to do with it? …

Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture, July 4:  Happy 4th, y’all!

Why Tchaikovskys Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4 : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and on the big day, Tchaikovskys 1812 Overture will be heard from coast to coast, complete with fireworks and cannons. But how did a Russian composition, depicting the rout of Napoleons Army, end up as the unofficial soundtrack for our most quintessentially American holiday?NPRs Scott Simon spoke to two folks who know the answer. David Mugar, executive producer of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, recounts firsthand how the piece was deployed to turn around the annual concerts flagging popularity in the 1970s; hes joined here by Boston Pops music director Keith Lockhart. Click the audio link to hear their conversation.

via Why Tchaikovskys Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4 : Deceptive Cadence : NPR.

For the past 30+ years, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture has been performed during countless United States’ Independence Day celebrations, due largely in part to an exhilarating performance by the Boston Pops in 1974, conducted by Arthur Fiedler. In an effort to increase ticket sales, Fiedler choreographed fireworks, cannons, and a steeple-bell choir to the overture, as Tchaikovsky himself called for the use of cannons in his score. Many American’s believe that Tchaikovsky’s overture represents the USA’s victory against the British Empire during the War of 1812, however, Tchaikovsky actually tells the story of Napoleon’s retreat from Russia in 1812. In fact, Tchaikovsky even references the French national anthem La Marsillaise and Russia’s God Save the Czar within the music. The USA was quick to adopt the piece, as it found itself lacking in the patriotic song department.

via Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – The Truth Behind the 1812 Overture.

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