Definitions for "1812 Overture"
The 1812 Overture (full title: Festival Overture "The Year 1812", Op.49; French Ouverture Solonelle) is an orchestral work by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky commemorating the unsuccessful French invasion into Russia, and the subsequent devastating withdrawal of Napoleon's Grande Armée, an event that marked 1812 as the major turning point of the Napoleonic Wars. The work is best known for the sequence of cannon fire, which is sometimes performed, especially at outside festivals, using real cannon. When performed indoors, orchestras may use computer generated cannon sounds or huge barrel drums.