Sheet Music: Promenade

from Pictures at an Exhibition
ComposerModest Mussorgsky (1839–1881)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyB-flat major
Time signature6/4
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time1:50
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-05-04
Last updated2009-05-04
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Monday 4 May 2009
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Tune of the Day: Promenade

from Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition”

This is the first movement, and the unifying device, of the famous suite for piano Pictures at an Exhibition. It has also become known through various orchestrations and arrangements, with Ravel's arrangement being the most recorded and performed.

According to critic Vladimir Stasov, in this piece Mussorgsky depicts himself roving through a picture exhibition, now leisurely, now briskly in order to come close to a picture that had attracted his attention, and at times sadly, thinking of the recently departed painter, who was his friend.

The melody and rhythm resemble Russian folk songs: the piece has simple, strong rhythms in asymmetrical meter. It is to be noted that while the original meter of the movement was a rather uncommon 11/4, published editions usually alternate 5/4 and 6/4.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Promenade Flute solo
2.Il vecchio castello Flute solo
5.Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks Flute solo