1812 Overture

 Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow 128 years ago today.

I first heard this during a cocnert in London’s Royal Albert Hall which included this in 1982. IRA bombings were common at the time and when the cannons went off I wasn’t sure if it was part of the performance or an attack.

2 Responses to 1812 Overture

  1. Andrei says:

    Thats only the last part of the 1812 overture – the beginning is so beautiful its a shame to split it and start half way thru

    Why not have some fun with it though


  2. Andrei says:

    I had to listen to this in its entirety after posting my previous comment – it is a magnificent piece of music.

    Its constructed from various things – an obvious reference is to La Marseillaise of course as well as various Russian dances and so forth.

    But the beginning that I lamented was missing (although it is returned to later in the piece) was a Troparian from the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross(September 14) which is known as “O Lord save thy people”

    O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine
    Grant victory to all Orthodox Christians over their
    And by virtue of Thy Cross, preserve Thy habitation

    It is sung between the verses of the 98th Psalm (99 in Western bibles)

    And if anyone ever tries to tell you “the Devil gets the best tunes” this should stand in contradiction to that thesis.


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