Exhibitionism

Modest Pyotrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881) was a largely self-taught Russian composer.  His most famous work is likely the collection of piano pieces called “Pictures at an Exhibition”.  The world knows this piece in the original piano version, as well as a large number of versions for orchestra.  An abundance of very talented musicians have taken an... Continue Reading →

Complex, But Not Complicated

“Complex, but not complicated” was a self-professed compositional creed of the great Maurice Ravel. The names Ravel and Debussy are usually spoken in the same breath, much like “cookies and milk”, “cake and ice cream”, or even “steak and baked potato”. The two great French musicians are most often given as the quintessential examples of... Continue Reading →

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