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1812 Overture Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky A Listening Guide by Jake Berger

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Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) composed the 1812 Overture in 1880 for the consecration of the Kremlin’s Cathedral of the Redeemer, a monument created to celebrate the Russian defeat of Napoleon’s invasion in 1812.

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0:00 Piece begins, section A begins in E flat major 1:20 Wind instruments enter 1:54 Transition to C minor 2:00 Section B begins in C minor with oboe solo , accompanied by strings 2:20 Flute joins oboe in solo lines 2:26 Bassoon enters with solo phrases 2:44 Poco stringendo , solos end 2:52 Poco più mosso , ff 3:19 Bassoon, cello, bass transition to E flat major

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3:41 Section C begins with snare drum, Theme 1 enters, Andante 3:55 Strings enter under Theme 1 4:44 Section D begins, Violin enters with melody , E flat minor, Allegro giusto 5:11 Oboe and clarinet enter 5:27 Section E begins in G flat major, French horn enters with Theme 2 5:33 Theme 2 switches to cornet 5:40 Theme 2 switches back to French horn 5:46 Theme 2 switches to trumpet 5:52 Theme 2 ends, section F begins by transitioning to E flat minor

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6:17 Section G begins in G flat major, Theme 2 returns 6:43 Section H begins in F# major, strings with melody 7:39 Flute, oboe, clarinet join with melody 8:08 Transition to D# minor 8:23 Section I begins in E flat minor, flute, English horn with melody, with tambourine 8:32 Poco più forte 8:42 Leitmotifs played by oboe, clarinet, bassoon , viola, and cello

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9:00 Section J begins in A minor 9:11 Parts of Theme 2 return 9:25 Parts of Theme 2 return 9:37 Bass drum and cymbals enter, ff 10:14 Section G repeats (G′) in G flat major with Theme 2 10:40 Section H repeats (H′) in E flat major 11:28 Section I repeats (I′) in C minor

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11:47 Section K begins in E flat major with parts of Theme 2 12:20 Section L starts in E flat major with parts of Theme 2 played at half speed , ff 12:32 Section M starts in E flat major 12:39 Poco a poco rallentando ., time signature switches to 3/4 13:12 Section A repeats (A′), but much stronger and louder at 60 bpm , phrases interrupted by string runs, includes military band

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14:21 Section N (finale) begins in E flat major in 4/4 with a stronger ( ffff ) Theme 1, allegro vivace , firing of the cannons begins 14:32 Low brass switches to harmony, Theme 1 played again 14:49 Descending chromatic triplets 15:01 Partial phrases from Theme 1 return 15:17 Cadential extension 15:21 Final chord is played

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