Modest Mussorgsky

Classical Music / Composer's Datebook: March 21

Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky famous for opera Boris Godunov and orchestral Pictures at an Exhibition.

Mussorgsky was a member of the Russian "The Mighty Handful" or "The Five" group of composers.

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (21 March 1839 – 28 March 1881) was a Russian composer, an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. Mussorgsky was known to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in a deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music of the time.

His sentiments were nationalistic mainly inspired by Russian history and Russian folklore. Aside from Boris Godunov and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition, his output include the orchestral tone poem Night on the Bald Mountain, and mainly works known in versions revised or completed by other composers, like Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, and Shostakovich.

Many of Mussorgsky's most important compositions have recently come into their own original forms, and some of these original scores are available.

Video Credit:

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, with Abbado, etal. Youtube, uploaded by Kis Martus. Accessed October 27, 2017.  (Salzburg, 1998 Berliner Philharmoniker Musikalische Leitung: Claudio Abbado Inszenierung: Herbert Wernicke Boris - Anatoli Kotscherga Fjodor - Ruxanda Donose Schuiski - Philip Langridge Pimen - Alexander Morosow Dimitri - Vladimir Galouzine Marina - Marjana Lipovsek Rangoni - Sergei Leiferkus)


Sadie, Stanley, Ed.  The Grove Dictionary of Music, New Updated Edition.  London: Macmillan Publishers, 1994. 

(c) 2014-2017. Tel Asiado.  Inspired Pen Web.  All rights reserved.

No comments:

Post a Comment