Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Finale)
Very famous piece, more popularly known to be used in V For Vendetta featuring cannons
I first listened to it when I was oh, say, eleven? There was no warning, no signs that told me ‘hey, by the way, your mind’s about to be blown to bits’. Sure, the slow climb promises a climax, but nothing like this.
Then the climax hits the face like pie after pie. Just POW POW POW POW POW. Next those strings, they sound like falling hopes, arrives finally at a resolute note that rouses a choir, backed by the bells. Those bells. Just a clusterfuck of beautiful clanging bells, not caring what note they hit… just because they can.
The choir is singing and suddenly ‘La Marseillaise’ tries to steal the spotlight by quickly trudging over the soundscape so lavishly sculpted, but the theme sung by the choir is heard again, ensuring that exhilarating and mind-blowing conclusion.
Don’t forget the cannons.