Well, it is and isnt according to a music researcher named Scott G.
He says that while Tchaikovskys Overture is dedicated to a military victory that took place in 1812, the 1880 composition is actually meant to commemorate a Russian victory in the Napoleonic Wars.
Still, G doesnt think too many people will object since, he points out, Its mainly an excuse for fireworks.
Other patriotic tunes also have some interesting back stories.
For instance, the melody for The Star-Spangled Banner comes from an old English drinking song called To Anacreon In Heaven.
Thats not all: John Phillip Sousas march, Stars And Stripes Forever, has lyrics that are never heard today including: Let martial note in triumph float/ And liberty extend its mighty hand/ A flag appears mid thunderous cheer/ The banner of the Western land.
A complete history behind the most popular patriotic tunes can be found at ezinearticles.com.
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