Theme from “1812” Overture, Op. 49 (Tchaikovsky)

You’ll get standing ovations when you perform this arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture, complete with simulated cannon fire!

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Tchaikovsky felt that his Solemn Overture 1812 was “noisy” and was not his best work. It has become one of the most performed works in the orchestral literature. This arrangement of the famous finale includes simulated cannon fire for a supremely impressive ending! Students will learn how to navigate 3-staff writing, effective use of the sostenuto pedal, fast staccato passages, and extensive tremolos in the left hand. Historical notes are included.

Key: Eb Major

Mood: proud, victorious, loud

Pedagogy: three-staff reading, staccato, accelerando and ritardando, sostenuto pedal, tremolo


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