This sequence is based on the Promenade theme from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The piece was originally written for solo piano and became an orchestral masterwork thanks to the brilliant orchestration of Maurice Ravel.
This place has a special place in my heart after playing it at Burning Man 2018 with the ArtHaus Collective. Performing with an orchestra in the middle of a desert, at the foot of a life size Baba Yaga Hut, at sunset, for a few hundred people, was an unforgettable experience. You can check out some pictures and videos of our performance HERE.
Before I play this sequence, I like to imagine a high class person walking confidently from painting to painting in an art gallery. The sound of boots on the stone floor rings clearly through the gallery halls like a bell.
Practice all different types of articulations and dynamic levels, striving to make them as different as possible.
Excerpt starts at 9:30, but I HIGHLY recommend you absorb all of it!
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