1812 Overture (AUDIO)

07/04/2012 01:19 am ET

The 1812 Overture is routinely incorporated into July 4th celebrations and fireworks displays.

While many Americans have come to associate the music with Independence Day, NPR notes:

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his piece The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major in commemoration of the Russian Army's successful defense of Moscow against Napoleon's advancing troops at the Battle of Borodino.

Listen to a clip of the 1812 Overture above.

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