I’m glad some U.S. orchestras cut Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture from their July 4 concerts. Let’s just drop it once and for all. Do we really need to celebrate our independence with an anthem to the military prowess of Imperial Russia, a repressive monarchy with an agricultural economy based on serfdom (not quite slavery, but still really bad for the peasants)? Napoleon was no saint, but I’d take his France over Tsar Alexander I’s Russia any day.
Let’s make something more American the centerpiece of our July 4 celebrations. How about everyone standing for Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and then setting off the fireworks?