Repertoire Search

John Corigliano

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Promenade Overture (1981)
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Orchestra
Year Composed
1981
Duration
8 Minutes


Buy this work
Worldwide Sales   North American Sales
 
Score Score

Programme Note
John Corigliano Promenade Overture (1981)
Composer Note:

The premise of Promenade Overture took root years ago when the composer was caught off guard by Haydn’s delightful Farewell Symphony. This Haydn work is often used to end a concert because during the last movement the players gradually exit, leaving two violins to finish the symphony on a bare stage.

Since overtures usually begin concerts, a reverse of this procedure – the entrance of an orchestra while playing – became both an interesting idea and a compositional challenge.

Offstage brass announce the start of the work, with the trumpets playing the last five measures of the Farewell Symphony – backwards. This forms a fanfare announcing the promenade of performers, which starts with the piccolo, concludes with the tuba, and contains a variety of motives which eventually form a lyrical melody that is built to a climax by the full orchestra.

—John Corigliano



  • Ensemble
    I Fiamminghi
    Conductor
    Rudolf Werthen
    Telarc:
Performances
Date
Title
Close X

Newsletter Signup

Please fill in this form to receive regular news




Click here to receive regular news
© Copyright 2014 Music Sales Classical. Part of the Music Sales Group.