Promenade Overture (1981)
For orchestra
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First performed July 10, 1981, by the Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams, conductor; Boston, MA

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Scored for 2 flutes and piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns (optional 6), 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), harp, and strings

Duration  8 minutes

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Recordings
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I Fiamminghi (the Orchestra of Flanders), Rudolf Werthen, conductor Telarc CD-80421 (1996)
The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith, conductor First Edition LCD008 (1994)

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Program 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.

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                     — John Corigliano

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