Wednesday, July 21, 2004


When browsing a recent copy of Adbusters, I came across this:

On June 12, 1812, the US declared war on the United Kingdom, beginning a battle that nobody really won, except perhaps the Russian composer Tchaikovsky. [...] Inspired by the war's brutality, Tchaikovsky created the "1812 Overture", his best known piece.

Which is of course why the 1812 is marked by a musical duel between "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Save the Queen", rather than one between "La Marseillaise" and "God Save the Tsar"...