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Modest Mussorgsky

March 21, 1839 - March 28, 1881
born in Karevo, Pskov, Russia, composed during the Romantic period
Although not professionally trained as a composer, Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) was crucial in developing a distinctly Russian musical style. His lack of formal instruction and his rejection of European models led him to create music of such startling originality that after his death, many of his works were "corrected" by more conventional composers. The difficulties of his personal life prevented him from composing full time, and he died young, leaving a small but hugely influential body of work. He is best known for the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition, the tone poem Night on Bald Mountain, and the opera Boris Godunov. ~ Stephen Eddins, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Modest Mussorgsky: Claudio Abbado Conducts Mussorgsky

Title: Khovanshchina, Opera In 5 Acts, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov
Title: Joshua (Jesus Navin), Cantata For 2 Vocal Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra Or Piano, Edited By Rimsky-Korsakov
Title: Salammbô (The Libyan), Opera In 4 Acts (incomplete)
Title: Scherzo, For Piano In B Flat Major
Title: The Destruction Of Sennacherib (Porazheniye Sennakheriba), For Chorus & Orchestra
Title: St. John's Night On The Bare Mountain (Ivanova Noch' Na Lisoy Gore), Symphonic Poem For Orchestra
Title: Oedipus In Athens: Scene In The Temple, Incidental Music For Chorus & Orchestra, Edited By Rimsky-Korsakov
Title: Khovanshchina, Opera In 5 Acts, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov
Title: Triumphal March
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Track List: Mussorgsky: Night On The Bare Mountain; Pictures At An Exhibition; Prelude To Khovanchina

Title: Night On Bald Mountain (Noch' Na Lïsoy Gore), Symphonic Poem, Edited By Rimsky-Korsakov
Title: Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrations Other Than Ravel's
Title: Khovanshchina, Opera In 5 Acts, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov
Title: The Capture Of Kars (Vzyatiye Karsa), Triumphal March For Orchestra, Edited By Rimsky-Korsakov
Title: Scherzo, For Orchestra In B Flat Major (edited By Rimsky-Korsakov)
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Track List: Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition & Night On Bald Mountain

Title: Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel
Title: Night On Bald Mountain (Noch' Na Lïsoy Gore), Symphonic Poem, Edited By Rimsky-Korsakov
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Track List: Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Songs And Dances Of Death; The Nursery

Title: Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner
Title: Songs & Dances Of Death, Song Cycle For Voice & Orchestra (Orchestration By Peter Breiner)
Title: The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov
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Track List: Mussorgsky: The Nursery: Sunless; Songs and Dances of Death

Title: Where Art Thou, Little Star? (Gde Tï, Zvezdochka?), Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Darling Savishna (Svetik Savishna), Song For Voice & Piano
Title: The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov
Title: Work(s)
Title: Sunless (Bez Solntsa; 6), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Title: King Saul (King Saul), For Voice & Piano Or Orchestra, Orchestration By Glazunov
Title: Gopak (Hopak), Song For Voice & Piano
Title: The Wild Winds Blow (Duyut Vetrï), Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Songs & Dances Of Death (Pesni Y Plyaski Smerti; 4), Song Cycle For Voice & Orchestra, Orchestration By Glazunov & Rimsky-Korsakov
Title: Mephistopheles' Song Of The Flea, For Voice & Piano Or Orchestra, Edited By Rimsky-Korsakov

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Uuuhhhh----- h a s anybody seen my jaw????? :-!.........
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"Night on Bald Mountain" is one of those pieces that pretty much leaves me with my jaw on the floor EVERY TIME I HEAR IT!!!!!!!!!
What a TALENT this man had.......I wonder how much great music he would've given us, if he'd lived longer????? =-O =-O =-O
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rogermjlive
Few composers could stir your emotions, and bring such varied images to your mind as Mussorgsky, a true master of his art.
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louizaforney
As a ballet dancer, I hear a lot of classical music but this has to be one of my favorite pieces. I always end up dancing and choreographi n g in my head. I really want to someday make a dance to this song.
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Mussorgsky has been an influential musical figure in my life. If it sounds good, play it(:
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I love this version of Night on the Bare Mountain, I think that is the correct title. The BBC used Stokowski's version. Usually I don't like his versions, but I actually like the ending better then the version usually used.
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This remindme the dysney movies in my chilhood,e.p . i . c .
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Very lively exciting & enthusiastic pieces !
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geoffreywinn i e
The Dude's landlord danced to this in his performance art piece ;)
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Madison scouts?
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Music that is alive!
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hectorvenega s 1
Victor Las Vegas

Disney's Fantasia did it for me with Stokowski directing, my life was never the same.
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Modest Mussorgky and Modest Mouse station. Who's with me?
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kc5ygd5
I marched to this in high school marching band back in 1984.
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bud.coats
I heard Pictures at an Exposition July 24 at Tanglewood. I fell in love with Mussorgsky!! !
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I almost like Stokowski's orchestratio n of Night on Bald Mountain better then the orchestratio n then the better known Rimsky-Korsa k o v orchestratio n .
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psychoactive
SUCH WOW, MUCH AMAZING!
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Yikes! This is crazy good! Now I have a name to put to yet another tune always bouncing around in my skull. Strauss, Orff, and now Mussorgsky. Yes!
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reyrob32
Cool
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Mussorgsky`s original works r good enuff 4 me!!! A resounding "Phooey!!!" to those `correctors` 4 their wickedness!! ! :O Or maybe it should b a more artsy " Pfui!!!!!" :-!
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My school band played pictures at an exhibition. I thought it was awesome I heard it on the radio
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dkruger9
Segovia's interpretati o n of this piece is amazingly great and definitely 'candy' for the ears
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chavez.sara5 3
I love this. Its very strong
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I remembered listening to this piece 45 years ago when I was 7 years ago and was amazed how powerful, beautiful, yet frightening this piece was.
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ddresher1
Emerson lake and Palmer did it the best!
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jneumann0
So enjoyed this. Thank you!
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Love this music...espe c i a l l y the marching band style.
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Ravel and Stookowski give different interpretati o n s on Night on Bald/Bare Mountain
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mhieber16
Stunning
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hans.lain
Couldn't help but think of Modest Mouse when I read that name.
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The two versions offered by Telarc are exemplary in depth and a fanatical attention to detail. *(Read the notes on printed literature w/disc) The other disc by Telarc, recorded later, not shown here but is equally robust in its wide soundstage and rhythm, micro and macro detail. Mussorgsky is brilliant and this recording by the BBC Philharmonic (albeit through my Sennheiser phones and MacBook Pro) is astonishingl y beautiful, different and rich. A shame Mussorgsky died so young.
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j8427
It is great
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This music was also used in the score to Disney's Sleeping Beauty . . .Truly epic music
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Mussorgsky may have left a small body when he died, but it got smaller as the years went by.
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Gopak is wonderful!
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pepperattack , it is pieces not peices. but i do agree with you, i admire him. it sure is a powerful piece.
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Powerful piece.
dlc
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I agree with pepperattack I admire him
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even though his peices were quite long they were an excellent peice of work and i admire him
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Learned to love Pictures when I heard it done by Emerson Lake and Palmer . Wish they would have done the entire piece .
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Modest he is not!
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rozzlicburn
I cant agree with Kanrover5 more.
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why do so many of the great composers die so young / its a puzzlement,, ,
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love and pain make for good work always composition
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I love Night on Bald Mountain and Pictures at an Exhibition. Thank you Walt Disney for introducing me to such a brilliant composer at such a young age.
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very powerful!
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midnight at the thalia, sound track to fantasia, you can guess the rest.
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Listening to Night on Bald Mountain, is like connecting to a lost love, a moving memory.
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acudoc27
Thanks for ; night on bald mountain!
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cppenning
Mussorgsky has opened the eyes of many striving composer as an example that you can open your mind to free thought and open feeling music. Have you noticed that there are no full composers in this era that can write all level or insterment lines for a FULL sound avaible to an instrument. I love to play his music as well as listen.
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