One hundred thirty years ago today, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow. It's a piece of music that almost everyone recognizes. I wonder which of my ancestors may have heard the tune first? It was, of course, written in honor of Russia's defeat of Napoleon. It is one of my favorite pieces of orchestral music.
Today, I get to hear it played by the Boston Pops on every 4th of July. I leave you with a YouTube clip of the 2009 performance.