1812 Festival Overture, Op. 49

The 1812 Overture (full title: Festival Overture "The Year 1812" in E flat major, Op. 49; French: Ouverture solennelle 1812) is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's stirring orchestral tribute commemorating Russia's 1812 defense against Napoleon's advancing Grande Armée at the Battle of Borodino, during the devastating French invasion of Russia. Field Marshall Mikhail Kutuzov's defiant stand 75 miles west of Moscow greatly weakened the French army, forced its subsequent withdrawal from Moscow, saved Russia from certain defeat, and marked the major turning point of the Napoleonic Wars. The 1812 Overture ... more

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1812 Festival Overture, Op. 49

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. His wide-ranging output includes symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental, chamber music and ...