Pictures At An Exhibition
Composed by Rob Stein Percussion by Matt Moore Originally commissioned for: Douglas MacArthur High School - San Antonio, TX
This unique setting of Modest Mussorgsky’s most well known work will provide an opportunity for you to showcase the outstanding musicianship of your ensemble, while also connecting the student’s outdoor show to a historically significant 19th Century work! The introduction to the show begins just as it does in the original Ravel orchestration – a trumpet solo playing the “Promenade” theme. This builds up to a lush and gorgeous impact, followed by a seamless transition into the show.
1. Promenade / The Tuileries Garden
Using material from “Gnomus” to transition out of the “Promenade,” the “ Tuileries Garden” depicts a high-energy street with children playing everywhere. It will feature an outstanding woodwind section including a flute soloist, both showing off superb technique. Brass interjections keep the energy moving in this movement which is bound to impress audiences and judges everywhere!
This slowly developing movement starts with a baritone solo, and is a chance to showcase the sonority of your band as the movement seamlessly builds up to a powerful impact in a minor tonality.
3. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)
This energetic and fast-paced movement will allow you to show off your percussion section. With soli moments for each section within the percussion family, every student in your program will have something to challenge and motivate them, leaving ample opportunity for visual effect with winds and guard.
4. The Great Gate of Kiev
The epic closing to “Pictures at an Exhibition” brings our show to a close, as the full ensemble depicts the Great Gate of Kiev with an impactful and energetic closing that will bring the crowd to its feet!
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