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Evening Masterwork: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Modest Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881)

Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky

Evening Masterwork for August 13, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

When Modest Mussorgsky completed his Pictures at an Exhibition in 1874, it wasn’t the version for orchestra we hear most often. It was actually an incredibly difficult suite for solo piano. The work is a memorial to the composer’s friend, the Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, and each movement of the suite is a musical depiction of Hartmann’s paintings. There’s a prominent theme throughout the work, the Promenade, first heard at the very beginning, and this actually represents a viewer strolling through the art exhibit.