1812 Overture

A scene depicting the French retreat from Russia in 1812, painting by Illarion Pryanishnikov (1874)
Illarion Mikhailovich Pryanishnikov (1840–1894) / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less

Airs Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Joiner looks at the history behind Tchaikovsky's famous 1812 Overture and the events that spurred its composition.

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