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"Gnome" from Pictures at an Exhibition


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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

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.

Track list:
Mussorgsky: Selections from Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky: Promenade
Mussorgsky: Gnome
Mussorgsky: Old Castle
Mussorgsky: Tuileries
Mussorgsky: Bydlo
Mussorgsky: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Mussorgsky: Samual Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Mussorgsky: Limoges
Mussorgsky: Catacvombae
Mussorgsky: Conmortuis in Lingua Mortua
Mussorgsky: Hut on Fowl's Legs
Mussorgsky: Great Gate of Kiev

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. Pictures at an Exhibition starts off with a Promenade that appears several times throughout the work. What is its purpose?

To provide a break

To stroll you through the gallery from one picture to the next

To tie the pieces of music together

To make you feel happy

2.What instrument sings for the troubadour in the music about the old castle?






3. The last picture in the exhibition is Viktor Hartmanís design for a gate to what city?

St. Petersburg





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