Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 21: The 1812 Overture



Episode #21 of Busy Kids Love Music unfolds the majestic curtain on one of Tchaikovsky’s most iconic compositions—the explosive and triumphant “1812 Overture.” As we continue our exploration of the Russian composer’s genius in this three-part series, today’s episode invites you to delve into the grandeur, drama, and historical significance of this renowned musical masterpiece.

Step into the world of program music as we explore Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture—a symphonic spectacle that tells a vivid and dramatic story. Learn about the concept of program music, where composers use melodies, rhythms, and orchestral colors to convey a specific narrative or evoke particular emotions. Discover how Tchaikovsky masterfully transforms historical events into musical notes.

Unravel the layers of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, where the composer skillfully represents historical conflicts through musical motifs. Experience the drama and tension as the music captures the ebb and flow of war, ultimately leading to a triumphant conclusion.

Prepare for a surprising revelation as we uncover who truly, and perhaps unexpectedly, disliked Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. It’s a historical twist that adds an intriguing dimension to the legacy of this iconic composition. The answer might just surprise you!

Busy Kids Love Music is committed to making classical music history accessible and enjoyable for young minds. Episode #21 not only introduces the grandeur of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture but also provides educational insights into the concept of program music and the historical events that inspired this spectacular composition.

Whether you’re a parent eager to share the symphonic wonders of classical music with your child or a young listener excited to learn about Tchaikovsky’s dramatic compositions, Episode #21 is a must-listen. Subscribe to Busy Kids Love Music on your preferred podcast platform and let the explosive sounds of the 1812 Overture ignite your imagination.

Join me as we unravel the tales of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Happy listening!

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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