Modest Mussorgsky

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.
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Music In This Episode

Selections from Pictures at an Exhibition

Promenade

Gnome

Old Castle

Tuileries

Bydlo

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks

Samual Goldenberg and Schmuyle

Limoges

Catacvombae

Conmortuis in Lingua Mortua

Hut on Fowl's Legs

Great Gate of Kiev