associate Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture to 4th of July festivities?
Do they think it has something to do with the American/British War of 1812? Or does it have to do with the cannons?
I was watching A Capitol Fourth on PBS tonight and Barry Bostwick, the MC, said something like "here's what you've all been waiting for, the 1812 Overture."
And there I was sitting in front of my TV waiting for Stars and Stripes Forever and some other Sousa tunes; silly me.
(I'd like to hear Kate Smith sing God Bless America live again but that's not going to happen.)
Does anybody have any information or idea why this piece of music has become associated with our 4th of July festivities?
(As an aside: Why not more Sousa, Cohan, and Berlin?)