Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture has long been synonymous with the Fourth of July holiday in the US, despite having no connection to the holiday or US history. Written by Tchaikovsky to commentate Russia’s victory over Napoleon, it didn’t become part of Fourth of July celebrations until Arthur Fiedler selected it for the Boston Pop’s 1974 July Fourth performance. The lively music was performed outdoors on the Boston Esplanade with timed cannon fire and fireworks, and quickly became a holiday tradition for celebrations all over the US.
All of this make it the perfect piece of music to bookend the movie V for Vendetta, which centers around a different holiday, November 5th, known as Guy Fawkes Day. Already co-opted as a symbol for the United States independence from the British Empire, it is the perfect soundtrack for V’s own revolution against an oppressive British government.