Watching the TV last week, I saw news reports of US July 4th celebrations and in many cases, I heard Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture being played. Not the first time and the one time I was in US during the 4th of July, heard it played as well.
Its stirring music I’ll grant you that, but its i) Russian!, ii) Composed to celebrate a Russian victory, iii) Not his best work, iv) Russian, v) Did I mention its Russian?
How did such a Russian piece become such a staple in the US? I mean Russia has not exactly been the US’s friend for most of the last 100 years.
Or did someone mistake the “1812” to stand for the American-Brit clash rather than the Patriotic War?