Unlike Macklemore I don’t find myself at thrift shops very often, but it can be a fun way to kill time on a Saturday afternoon. I was doing just that when I walked into one run by the SPCA in downtown Sacramento. To my surprise and wonderment, they happened to have a record section which is where I found Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Written in 1880 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to commemorate Russia’s defense from Napolean’s Grande Armée in 1812. My copy was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra in the 1950’s with use of a Napoleonic French single muzzleloading cannon.
Now as honorable of a reason as commemorating the defense of a nation through music is, it is not the reason I was overjoyed when I came across this record. The 1812 overture is known for making use of a cannon; an instrument that is so metal that it’s positively made of it! This music really falls more into a classical style relying on an orchestra to obtain the genre; it does make me wish we had more metal music with cannons in it though, but in the meantime I guess i’ll make do with this dryer and rooster. The use of a cannon may be why the overture has since become a common compliment to fireworks shows, as well as making an appearance in many Fourth of July celebrations in the United States.
Personally one of my favorite uses of the 1812 overture would have to be in the cerebral thriller that swept the internet V for Vendetta, although they merely used a clip of the overture for the film it did bring a powerful presence to the scene. The movie also brought Guy Fawkes masks into style, but that’s a story for another day.
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