The "1812 Overture" isn't even about America's War of 1812. So how did a composition that celebrates Russia's defeat of a foreign power become the soundtrack to American Fourth of July festivities? Reporter Judith Kogan has some answers.
The World is a public radio program that crosses borders and time zones to bring home the stories that matter.
The story you just read is freely available and accessible to everyone because readers like you support The World financially.
Thank you all for helping us reach our goal of 1,000 donors. We couldn’t have done it without your support. Your donation directly supported the critical reporting you rely on, the consistent reporting you believe in, and the deep reporting you want to ensure survives.