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Modeste Mussorgsky also known as Musorgsky Moussorgski - View Sheet Music for this Artist
  • a.k.a.: Musorgsky, Moussorgski
  • Russian
  • 21st March 1839 - 28th March 1881
  • You may know him for: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on the Bare Mountain, which featured in Disney's Fantasia, The Wizard of Oz and Saturday Night Fever, was a member of "The Russian Five" or "The Mighty Handful"

Mussorgsky had, by all accounts, a very short and unhappy life. He was destined for a career in the military from an early age, but by the time he was 19, having had some sort of emotional crisis, he resigned his army commission. He then joined The Five, a group of Russian composers concerned with writing distinctly nationalistic music. The other two more famous members of this group were Alexander Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov. Like the other members of the group, Mussorgsky had to earn a living through other sources than music, and during his time in the civil service his life appears to have been its most comfortable. Most pictures show Mussorgsky with very ruddy cheeks. This was not the result of a healthy complexion or heavy Russian winters, but a consequence of his alcohol addiction. Having left the civil service in 1880, Mussorgsky died a desperate man from the result of alcoholic poisoning.


During his time, Mussorgsky and his music remained relatively unknown, with many of his works staying unfinished. Only after his death, with many of his pieces receiving reworkings by Rimsky-Korsakov, did Mussorgsky's music receive widespread critical acclaim. Many pieces are now performed in their original state again. It is the piano cycle Pictures at an Exhibition, inspired an exhibition of drawings by his friend Victor Hartman, that is the most instantly recognisable melody of Mussorgsky, especially in its orchestral arrangement by French composer Maurice Ravel.


Song Title Arrangements Image
A Tear 1
Piano
A Tear
Catacombae from Pictures At An Exhibition 1
Piano
Catacombae from Pictures At An Exhibition
Gopak (from "Sorotchinsky Fair") 1
Piano
Gopak (from Sorotchinsky Fair)
Marina's Aria From 'Boris Godunov' 1
Piano
Marinas Aria From Boris Godunov
Night On Bald Mountain 1
Piano
Night On Bald Mountain
Prelude To Khovanshchina 1
Piano
Prelude To Khovanshchina
Promenade (Pictures at an Exhibition) 18
Piano, String Quartet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Brass Quintet, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
 
Promenade (from Pictures At An Exhibition) 7
Piano, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Violin
Promenade (from Pictures At An Exhibition)
Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition 1
Piano
Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition
Theme from Pictures At An Exhibition 1
Piano
Theme from Pictures At An Exhibition
Une Larme (A Tear) 1
Piano
Une Larme (A Tear)