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BREAKING 4TH O’JULY NEWS: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture Ain’t The 1812 You’re Thinking Of » The Co-Opting Of Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’The Co-Opting Of Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his “1812 Overture” in 1880.

Published: June 24, 2012

by NPR Staff

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his piece The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major in commemoration of the Russian Army’s successful defense of Moscow against Napoleon’s advancing troops at the Battle of Borodino. Most Americans, however, know the piece as the bombastic tune that accompanies Fourth of July fireworks shows all over the country. Jan Swafford, a professor at the Boston Conservatory, says there are a handful of reasons why Americans have adopted it as their own.

“Arthur Fiedler, in the ’70s — I think ’77 — started doing it with the Boston Pops and it was a gigantic success,” Swafford tells NPR’s Guy Raz. “There are two things about it: It has fireworks built in, so in that sense it’s a natural. And it has an enormous, patriotic, celebratory quality, no matter what it’s celebrating, and that’s certainly relevant. And, you know, by the time it comes around with the fireworks at the Fourth of July, everybody’s pretty drunk anyways. It’s a fantastic climax for the evening, this explosion of joy and fireworks and cannons.” [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]




Two hundred years ago today, on June 24, 1812, Napoleon’s grand army began its fateful march into Russia. Now, three very important things came out of that invasion. The first was the eventual downfall of Napoleon. The second, Tolstoy’s “War and Piece,” and the third was this.

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“Their most persistent enemy was truth.”

This is an amazing anti-fascist film made by the War Department during WW II (The big one.)    If I was a dictator my only order would be that everybody watch this before the November election.

Notes: The Youtube clip is labeled 1947.  I Don’t think that is correct.  Also, the film is a very good use of 17 minutes.

Secrets Beneath the Denver Airport

What the government built under the Denver International Airport and why they don’t want you to know about it.

Is it just coincidence that the DIA runways are built in the shape of a Nazi swastika?

Denver Airport Underground base and weird murals.