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Promenade 'Walking the dog'

1936; used to accompany the 'walking the dog' sequence in Fred Astaire's 'Shall we dance?'
for clarinet and piano

The RKO film Shall we dance (1937) was the second Hollywood movie with music and songs by George and Ira Gershwin, and it starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It is a wonderful score, and several of the songs were instant and enduring hits, including ‘They all laughed (at Christopher Columbus)’, ‘Let’s call the whole thing off’ and ‘They can’t take that away from me’. The instrumental ‘Promenade’ (the title on the manuscripts in the Gershwin Collection at the Library of Congress) is used for a short scene where Rogers and Astaire walk her dog Walter on the deck of an ocean liner—hence the alternative title, ‘Walking the dog’.

from notes by Nigel Simeone © 2015

Le film de la RKO Shall we dance (1937) fut le deuxième film avec musique et chansons de George et Ira Gershwin produit à Hollywood, avec Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers en tête d’affiche. C’est une merveilleuse partition et plusieurs chansons furent des succès immédiats et durables, notamment «They all laughed (at Christopher Columbus)», «Let’s call the whole thing off» et «They can’t take that away from me». La «Promenade» instrumentale (titre qui figure sur les manuscrits de la Collection Gershwin à la Library of Congress) est utilisée pour une courte scène où Rogers et Astaire promènent son chien à elle, Walter, sur le pont d’un paquebot—d’où le titre alternatif, «Walking the dog».

extrait des notes rédigées par Nigel Simeone © 2015
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Der RKO-Film Shall we dance (1937) war der zweite Hollywood-Film mit Musik und Liedern von George und Ira Gershwin; Fred Astaire und Ginger Rogers spielten die Hauptrollen. Die Filmmusik ist besonders gelungen und mehrere Lieder wurden sofort langlebige Hits—so etwa „They all laughed (at Christopher Columbus“), „Let’s call the whole thing off“ und „They can’t take that away from me“. Das Instrumentalstück „Promenade“ (so der Titel in den Manuskripten in der Gershwin Collection, die in der Library of Congress aufbewahrt wird) erklingt zu einer kurzen Szene, in der Rogers und Astaire mit ihrem Hund Walter an Deck eines Ozeandampfers spazieren gehen—daher der alternative Titel „Walking the dog“.

aus dem Begleittext von Nigel Simeone © 2015
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman & Copland
Studio Master: CDA68094Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA68094 track 26

Recording date
18 March 2014
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman & Copland (CDA68094)
    Disc 1 Track 26
    Release date: June 2015
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