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Modest Mussorgsky

a.k.a. Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Author Code: RMMX

Born: Mar. 21, 1839 - Karevo, Russia

Died: Mar. 28, 1881 - St. Petersburg, Russia

Taught the piano by his mother, Mussorgsky gave his first public performance when he was only nine. He entered the Guard's Cadet School in 1852 and in 1856, entered the Guards with a commission. In 1857, he met Balakirev from whom he received tutoring in harmony and composition and, by the following year, decided to devote his energies to music. He resigned his commission and began composing, but his early efforts were not well-received and he was forced to take a civil service post with the Ministry of Communications. He was dismissed from the Ministry in 1867 and the following year produced his first important orchestral work, St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain. He re-entered government service in 1869 and began work on his opera, Boris Gudunov. After many attempts and re-writes, the opera was finally accepted by the Mariinsky Theatre and made its debut in 1874. Inspired by an exhibition of drawings by his friend, the artist Victor Hartmann, he composed Pictures at an Exhibition (1874), a brilliant series of piano pieces which won critical acclaim. Much of Mussorgsky's works remained unfinished at his death and, like those of Borodin, were completed and orchestrated by his friend Rimsky-Korsakov. An incurable alcoholic, Mussorgsky died of alcoholic epilepsy. His other pieces include The Nursery (1872), Without the Sun (1874), Songs and Dances of Death (1877) and the operas Khovanshchina and Sorochintsy Fair (1880). Today, Mussorgsky is considered to be one of the most original and influential composers of 19th century Russia.

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
RMMX004 La Capricieuse 1865 5 1653k Music Score Download PDF - 'La Capricieuse' (RMMX004)
RMMX002 Pictures At An Exhibition - Gnomus & Promenade 1874 5 1925k Music Score Download PDF - 'Pictures At An Exhibition - Gnomus & Promenade' (RMMX002)
RMMX001 Pictures At An Exhibition - Promenade - 1 1874 3 854k Music Score Download PDF - 'Pictures At An Exhibition - Promenade - 1' (RMMX001)
RMMX003 Scherzo in C Sharp Minor - Early Version 1858 8 2570k Music Score Download PDF - 'Scherzo in C Sharp Minor - Early Version' (RMMX003)

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