November 17, 1876: Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave premieres in Moscow.
Tchaikovsky composed this orchestral piece (also called “Slavonic March" and "Russo-Serbian March”) in order to raise money for Serbians in their war effort against the Ottoman Empire. March Slave combines Serbian folk songs and Russian themes to symbolize both the Serbian struggle and Russian aid and patriotism. March Slave was received enthusiastically, and conductors often enjoyed pairing it with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture or concluding concerts with the piece.
“Maybe it’s just in America, but it seems that if you’re passionate about something, it freaks people out. You’re considered bizarre or eccentric. To me, it just means you know who you are.”—Tim Burton (via cybertronian)
“Peter Lentz, a whip-cracking slave master in the mid-’90s, is now a design firm — Peter Lentz Design — and “I dance in the driveway every once in a while.” His Phantom stint once got him out of a speeding ticket. “I was stopped racing to the show. I said, ‘You don’t understand. I’m in Phantom.’ I was asked what I did in the show, and I said, ‘Slave Master.’ He said, ‘Well, I’d better let you go then.’”—Great story about what being in Phantom can do for you from an article on the 10,000th Performance of Phantom on Broadway. (via inallyourfantasies)