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Promenade Overture

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John Corigliano

John Corigliano (trans. Matthew Roeder)


General Info

Year: 1981 / 2001 / 2017
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Synth Pad
Timpani
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks, high, medium and low
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

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.

- Program Note by composer for orchestral version


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Matthew Roeder, conductor) – 30 April 2018


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