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This is the entire Festival Overture "The Year 1812" in E flat major, op. 49 or (French: Ouverture solennelle 1812) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This piece was originally commissioned as a ceremonial overture to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Russia's victory over Napoleon in 1812. Although the composition has no historical connection with the US-UK War of 1812, it is often performed in the US alongside other patriotic music and is a staple at Fourth of July celebrations. Please play the MP3 and scroll through the score manually for a more accurate musical representation of the score.
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