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 Pictures at an Exhibition


Russian artist and architect Victor Hartman was a good friend of Modest Mussorgsky. When Hartman died at the age of 39, there was a memorial exhibit of his work. That inspired Mussorgsky to create his own tribute to Hartman -- a composition depicting ten pieces of art from the exhibit. "Pictures at an Exhibition" was originally written for solo piano, but quite a few people have made orchestral versions of the piece. The best-known one is by Maurice Ravel.   [MORE]



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Music from Russian Operas

Music from Russian Operas
Many pieces of music from Russian operas have become famous in the concert hall, including the Polonaise from Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. Learn more about Russian operas.

INSTRUMENTS OF THE ORCHESTRA

INSTRUMENTS OF THE ORCHESTRA
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