Tchaikovsky’s 1812 on the 4th … I Just Don’t Get It!

tchaikovskyWell, tomorrow is July 4th, and with it one of my annual pet peeves. Starting at 8 pm (admission starting at 3 pm) on the west Capitol grounds will be the annual A Capitol Fourth program. All in all, its a nice way to spend the fourth of July if you are intending to go to the mall.

However, it grinds my gears to no end that the finale is always Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Why must this piece of music be used? I grant that its flashy, and the use of cannon’s is a nice transition to an evening of fireworks … BUT … the music itself is wrong!!!

A true occasional piece, it was written to commemorate Russia’s defense of Moscow against Napoleon’s advancing Grande Armée at the Battle of Borodino in 1812. It has no connection to United States history in any way. More insulting to me, is that we should celebrate this countries birth while hearing the Imperial Russian national anthem. Honestly, is that appropriate.

I think its long overdue to retire this piece, and if we Americans need a flashy piece of music with cannons to emphasis our birth, let’s commission something appropriate.


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