"To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make." - Truman Capote

Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.

Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mountain and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition.

For many years Mussorgsky's works were mainly known in versions revised or completed by other composers. Many of his most important compositions have posthumously come into their own in their original forms, and some of the original scores are now also available.

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Pictures at an Exhibition (Piano Concerto Version) and Pictures from the Crimea
Geoffrey Simon
Mussorgsky & Gershwin & Wild
Benjamin Moser
Mussorgsky, Messiaen, Ravel
Peter Donohoe
Pictures at an Exhibition; The Seasons
Alexander Kobrin
Songs Without Words
Dan Dean
Scriabin / Mussorgsky
Alessio Bax
Mussorgsky & Scriabin
Antonii Baryshevskyi
Meet The Würzburg Philharmonic
John Ruocco & Adrian Mears
Pictures at an Exhibition
Stephen de Pledge
Pictures at an Exhibition
Nobuyuki Tsujii
Le Tombeau De Couperin - Pictures of an Exhibition
Ensemble Berlin
Pictures at an Exhibition
Llŷr Williams
Boris Godoenov
Frank Groothof