Exhibitionism Part 3: Showing it All

Two of the most dramatic movements of “Pictures at an Exhibition” are “The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba Yaga)” and “The Great Gate of Kiev”.  Fortunately for our discussion here, both of the Hartmann images have survived.  These two pictures inspired Mussorgsky to write some of the most memorable music in the entire suite. The... Continue Reading →

More Exhibitionism

Continuing my look at “Pictures at an Exhibition”, I picked one of the movements for which we still have the original image.  At the memorial exhibition of the works of Viktor Hartmann, there were several sketches of ballet costumes he designed.  The title of the music inspired by one of these images is variously translated... Continue Reading →

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 →

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