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The Year 1812 (festival overture in E major, Op. 49),</ref> popularly known as the 1812 Overture or the Overture of 1812 is an overture written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate Russia's defense of their fatherland against Napoleon's invading Grande Armée in 1812. The overture debuted in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on , conducted by Ippolit Al'tani. The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale.
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1812 OVERTURE by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Performance by Banda 88 of Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines
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A Taiwanese military band performance with artillery accompanied
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Article from 2003 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on how “1812” has become a piece of patriotic Americana
www.postgazette.com/ae/20030704overtureae3.asp - Web
Russian national anthem “God Save the Tsar” in Tchaikovsky’s music
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Interview with J. Paul Barnett about the 1812 Overture
www.bruceduffie.com/barnett.html - Web