1812 Overturea

July 4, 2010 by Post Team 

1812 Overturea:Is it just me, or are confused also by the fact that Americans celebrate their Independence Day each year with the music exciting actually commemorates the defeat of the Tsarist Russian imperialist invading army of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1812? Do not people remember that we had our own battles in 1812, including one here in Baltimore dear old who gave birth to our national anthem?

This weekend, there will be presentations of innumerable “Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture” with cannons (real or on tape) by the end grandly ring that leads to the inevitable fireworks display, as in every Fourth of July. Souldn’t But we can be listening to music that has a stamp on it more American?

I know it’s a little late for a composer to create a stirring orchestral evocation of the Fort McHenry bombing – or, more appropriately, the Battle of Yorktown. But I would like to propose a relatively easy solution, and I think would be appropriate for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to run with it. Here’s the pitch:

Somewhere back in the dark era, Soviet wet, the state ordered changes “Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture,” so people would not hear of the contributions of the former Russian national anthem in the score, the USSR was a foul replaced. (I heard a rare recording of that version once, but can not find a moment.)

That, of course, be condemned for artistic reasons, but provides a precedent, so to speak, and has given me inspiration for my bold, brilliant scheme, a pioneer. Let the BSO to hold a competition for the best performance of the work of Tchaikovsky “1812 Overture” so that the structure and length of stay the same, together with the musical material as far as original as possible, but the French all Russian and allusions become if American and British counterparts. No more “Marseillaise.” No more hymns of Russia.

The soundtrack to the premiere of the new version in a striking way, perhaps on the grounds of Fort McHenry, and the whole country is to be realized soon. (The BSO would get a reduction in royalties, of course, allowing salary advances long delay for the musicians.)

Imagine having the additional thrill the large accumulation of the piece does not lead to czarist anthem, but “The Star-Spangled Banner” instead, taking packages to the throat and the crowd to its feet. If you listen carefully near the very end of the work of Tchaikovsky, you will realize that without wanting to outline some of the notes of the opening of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, so maybe that’s a sign that approve. 5:48 You will hear alluded “to 05-52″ in the fabulous Swingle Singers version I attached here, just for the fun of it.

So there you have it. A challenge to create a new tradition, more American for the Fourth of July. (If someone has already tried something like this, uh, sorry, but it should not have been too successful.) I think that everyone would benefit from an alternative “1812 Overture” we could call our own.

Meanwhile, here is the big version Swingle Singers:

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