A Stroll on the Promenade at Ocean Beach RFM 1011


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A Richard Frazier Original – Duration 8’ 15”
Richard Frazier draws this piece from his large four-movement work for string orchestra, Ocean Beach Serenade. Because of its colorful and evocative nature, the composer created a setting for concert band of the second movement. Our stroll takes place on the walkway at Ocean Beach where one is apt to encounter a variety of languages and cultures. The opening music is Hispanic in rhythm and energy, but the melody is derived from the famous “Promenade” theme in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. This leads to an intense buildup of rhythmic and harmonic tension that dances with excitement. The next cultural encounter is Chinese, and the melody is a folk melody called “Xiao.” The Mussorgsky theme reappears as melodic partner, and the section ends with a mood of sublime tranquility, which is soon interrupted by an original tango that the composer imagined as being passionately Russian in nature. The final virtuosic section is inspired by the sound of klezmer music and leads to a harmonic pyramid drawn from Mussorgsky’s “Promenade.”


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March 4, 2020 3:05 pm

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