We’re continuing on with our series about composer Tchaikovsky by digging into one of his famous pieces — 1812 Overture. You may be familiar with this piece as it is sometimes used during fireworks displays or in film and television. Let’s dive in!

In today’s episode, you’ll learn…

  • What program music is
  • Which wars are represented in this music
  • Who really truly hated this piece (the answer might suprise you!)

Links Mentioned in the Episode:

Busy Kids Do Peter & the Wolf Camp

Episode 20: The Life of Tchaikovsky

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 21

Enjoy the links to performances connected to the 1812 Overture until our next episode airs in two weeks.

Day 1: O Lord, Save They People (Russian hymn from the opening of 1812 Overture)

Day 2: La Marseillaise (France’s national anthem)

Day 3: God Save the Tsar (Russia’s national anthem from 1833-1917)

Day 4: 1812 Overture (flash mob version)

Day 5: 50 Russian Folk Songs, TH 176 – 48. By the Gates (Tchaikovsky)

Day 6: 50 Russian Folk Songs, TH 176 – 39. O, My Fields (Tchaikovsky)

Day 7: 1812 Overture (with real cannons!)

Day 8: La Marseillaise (directed by Leonard Bernstein)

Day 9: 1812 Overture (arranged for piano)

Day 10: A commercial for Subway with the 1812 Overture

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