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Tchaikovsky against NapoleonClassical music and Opera
01/19/2019

The 1812 Solemn Overture, Op. 49 is an orchestral work by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky. The work was started to be composed in 1880 to celebrate 70 years of Russian victory in 1812 against the invasion of Napoleon Bonaparte. It was created on the suggestion by Nikolai Rubinstein, a friend of the composer, and took six weeks to complete. However, it did not open until 20th August 1892 in Moscow. The work has a well-known triumphal finale, which includes cannon shots and ringing of bells. Now the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès has recuperated it, together with rococo Variations of the Russian maestro and the work of Háry János de Kódaly, in an intense performance at the Palau de la música.

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