• 2+pic.2.2.2/4[+2].4.3.1/timp.4perc/hp/str
  • 8 min
    • 8th April 2024, Stadthalle, Reutlingen, Germany
    • 30th June 2024, WWU Performing Arts Center, Bellingham, WA, United States of America
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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


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Corigliano - Promenade Overture

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