Here’s a repost from January of this year. Happy Fourth of July, everybody! (Front page image is from morguefile/jarndt)
This post is apropos of nothing on the calendar (Tchaikovsky wrote it to commemorate Russia’s success against Napoleon’s invasion in 1812, so…winter?) – I just came across it and liked the YouTuber’s introduction. It’s really the only way to talk about this crowd-pleasing piece of classical music.
WARNING: Cannons may make dogs bark, scare your mom, leave your neighbor dumbfounded, make cats panic, wake you up in the middle of the night shouting at the top of your lungs because you think ur being robbed, scare the crap out of you, and/or blow up your ears and brains; among other things…
The 1812 Overture, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880. This version with cannons!
It sounds like they’re using a nice, full military load, too. The real church bells that almost (but not quite) drown out the symphony are also cool.
This version is credited on YouTube, via Amazon, to “PM The New Classical Consortium,” so I don’t know who recorded it, or when, but enjoy!
Now go listen to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 and prepare to have your mind blown.
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