"1812" Overture: Opus 49; Capriccio Italien: Opus 45; Cossack Dance: from Mazeppa
By Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Many people remember this music for its ending with chimes, bells, and cannons along with the full orchestra, which is in celebration of the Russian defeat of Napoleon's army in 1812. But, in the beginning, the music is a quiet hymn-like melody derived from a Russian folk song. Tchaikovsky's skill for writing melodies has few peers.