I've changed my mind about stretching this out over several weeks. I think it will be better to group the entries together.
But first, before we continue, a little more info about Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. The piece was originally written for piano. Mussorgsky was inspired after seeing an exhibition of paintings set up as a memorial to his friend, Viktor Hartmann. The main promenade theme occurs to indicate walking from one picture (or group of pictures) to another.
HERE are some more notes about Pictures at an Exhibition, and Ravel's orchestration of it, courtesy of the folks at the Kennedy Center.
We are listining to Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra at the BBC Proms in August 2006. In Part Two, we hear "Promenade" - "Tuileries" - "Bydlo" - "Promenade" - "Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells" - "Goldenberg & Schmuyle" (a.k.a. "Two Polish Jews")
Part Three covers "The Marketplace at Limoges" - "The Catacombs" - "Cum mortuis in lingua mortua" (tr. with the dead in a dead language)