Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

It’s more than just the cannons! In his biggest hit, Tchaikovsky employs the French and Russian anthems in a musical description of the Napoleonic Wars, but he ingeniously ensures that his battlefield storytelling still obeys the strict rules of musical form. And who doesn't like a great orchestral composition where you get to blow things up in the middle of it?

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Last updated: 04 December 2020