Modest Mussorgsky

Biography

Born: Mar 21, 1839; Russia   Died: Mar 28, 1881; Russia   Period: Romantic
His musical education was erratic, he toiled as a civil servant and wrote music only part-time, influenced few if any of his contemporaries, died early from alcoholism, and left a small body of work. Yet Modest Mussorgsky was a towering figure in nineteenth century Russian music. His works exhibit a daring, raw individuality, a unique sound that well-meaning associates tried to conventionalize and smooth over. He is best known for Night on Bald Read more Mountain (bowdlerized by Rimsky-Korsakov), Pictures at an Exhibition (a difficult piano suite orchestrated by Ravel), and the dark, declamatory opera Boris Godunov (polished by Rimsky-Korsakov) -- bastardized works all, yet each one full of arresting harmonies, disturbing colors, and grim celebrations of Russian nationalism.
Mussorgsky died in poverty, but he was born to a wealthy landowning family. Under his mother's tutelage, he developed a facility at the piano, but entered a cadet school in preparation for a military career. He joined a choir and discovered Russian church music, which would profoundly influence his later work.
Upon graduation in 1856, Mussorgsky entered the Russian Imperial Guard. That year he started to socialize with the composers Dargomizhsky and Cui, and through them Balakirev, with whom he began composition lessons. During this period he wrote small piano pieces and songs, and after an emotional crisis in 1858 resigned his commission with the intention of composing full-time. He began to go his own way as a composer in 1861, but was preoccupied helping to manage his family's estate. The decline in his family's fortunes led him to accept low-level civil service positions. He joined a commune with other intellectuals and became a proponent of musical Realism, applying the style to his songs. He had difficulty finishing works in larger formats, but his music circulated widely enough that by the late 1860s he was cast with Balakirev, Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Borodin as part of Russia's "Mighty Handful."
Mussorgsky toiled many years at his masterpiece, Boris Godunov, which reflected in music the inflections of Russian speech and met with great success in 1874. That year he also produced his innovative piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. Yet his heavy drinking led to his dismissal from government service in 1880. Friends offered some financial help and Mussorgsky occasionally accompanied singers at the piano, but his finances and mental state quickly deteriorated. He died in 1881, leaving it to posterity to sort through and complete his unfinished works of unruly genius. Read less
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Liszt / Nobuyuki Tsujii
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Catalog: 72526   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Claudio Abbado Conducts Mussorgsky / London Symphony
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61354 Release Date: 07/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Zehava Gal
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Russian Overtures / Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439892 Release Date: 04/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Borodin,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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    Grace Bumbry In Concert
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4402 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Grace Bumbry
    Conductor:  Massimo Pradella
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
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    Spring Moods
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 210054 Release Date: 09/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Marion Kokott,  Iona Brown,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eden-Stell Duo,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
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    Gemini - Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Jansons
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 50824 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Joakim Svenheden
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Spring Moods
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98223 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Marion Kokott,  Iona Brown,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eden-Stell Duo,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Northern Flowers   Catalog: 9906 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Eduard Serov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dorati Conducts Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Et Al
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 000518902 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Bedrich Smetana,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Expanded Edition - Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov / Szell
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93019 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anatole Liadov,  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Historic Telecasts / George Szell
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4222 Release Date: 10/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hector Berlioz,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Erica Morini
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky: Night On The Bare Mountain, Etc / Saraste, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 388432 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / Gergiev, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468526 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mussorgksy: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / Gorenstein
    Label: Chant Du Monde   Catalog: 288168 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Mark Gorenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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    The Monet Collection - Quiet Meditation
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315022 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Isidora Schwarzberg-Romanoff,  Eric Davoust,  Valentinas Gelgotas
    Conductor:  Jooyang Ahn,  Jansug Kakhidze,  Stanislav Gorkovenko,  Vakhtang Kakhidze  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra,  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra,  Russian Radio/TV Orchestra of St. Petersburg  ... 
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Piano Concerto version / Ungar, Simon, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 1030 Release Date: 11/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Tamas Ungar
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / Serov, Et Al
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7154 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Eduard Serov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Night On Bare Mountain / Karajan, Maazel
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469169 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Alexei Maslennikov  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Famous Overtures / Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460982 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Emanuel Brabec
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Romantic Russia / Georg Solti, London So, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 460977 Release Date: 07/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mikhail Glinka
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 45.
    Music And Revolution - Russian Classical Music 1890-1917
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 61699 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Stefka Evstatieva,  Philippe Entremont,  Arcadi Volodos  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky,  Emil Tchakarov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 15; Mussorgsky / Solti, Chicago So
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458919 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Noriko Ogawa Plays Mussorgsky
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 905 Release Date: 01/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
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  • 48.
    Sir Hamilton Harty Conducts Mussorksy, Balakirev, Et Al
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1169 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Arnold Bax,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Harold Williams,  Dennis Noble,  Robert Easton,  Dora Labette  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Hamilton Harty
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky: Night On Bare Mountain, Etc / Abbado, Berlin Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62034 Release Date: 09/02/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Anatoly Kotcherga,  Marianna Tarasova
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus,  South Tirol Children's Choir
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    Heaven And Hell - Macal Conducts Mussorgsky / New Jersey
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3217 Release Date: 05/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Clayton Brainerd
    Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Choir,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
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Modest Mussorgsky


WORKS
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
The Gnome
Promenade
Il vecchio castello
Promenade
Tuileries
Bydlo
Promenade
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Promenade
Limoges -- The Market
Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)
Con mortuis in lingua mortua
The Hut on Fowl's Legs
The Great Gate at Kiev
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Promenade
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Gnomus
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Promenade
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Old Castle
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Promenade
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Tuileries Gardens
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Bydlo
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Promenade
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Ballet Of The Chickens In Their Shells
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Samuel Goldenberg And Schmuyle
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Marketplace At Limoges
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Hut On Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - The Great Gate Of Kiev
Prologue, Scene 1, Introduction
Prologue, Scene 1: "Well then, what's wrong with you?"
Prologue, Scene 1: "Who are you adandoning us to"
Prologue, Scene 1: "Who are you adandoning us to"
Prologue, Scene 1: "True believers! The boyar is implacable."
Prologue, Scene 1: "Glory to Thee, Creator on high"
Prologue, Scene 1: "Did you hear what the holy pilgrims said?"
Prologue, Scene 2, Introduction
Prologue, Scene 2: "Long live Tsar Boris Fyodorovich!"
Prologue, Scene : "My soul is sad"
Prologue, Scene 2: "Glory!"
Act I, Scene 1, Introduction
Act I, Scene 1: "Just one final story"
Act I, Scene 1: "O Lord, strong and righteous"
Act I, Scene 1: "Do not complain, brother"
Act I, Scene 1: "For alLong time, honoured father"
Act I, Scene 1: "I arrived at night"
Act I, Scene 1: "How old was the murdered Tsarevich?"
Act 1, Scene 1: "They are ringing for matins"
Act I, Scene 2: Introduction
Act I, Scene 2: "I caught a grey drake"
Act I, Scene 2: "Give me some fun"
Act I, Scene 2, "Why are you so pensive, comrade?"
Act I, Scene 2: "Here's what happened at the town of Kazan"
Act I, Scene 2: "Why don't you sing along?"
Act I, Scene 2: "We are humble elders, honest monks"
Act I, Scene 2: "What are you staring at me like that for"
Act I, Scene 2: "And his age... and his age..."
Act II: "Where are you, my Betrothed"
Act II: "Oh, that's enough, Princess, my dear!"
Act II: "A gnat was chopping wood"
Act II: "My little tale is about this and that"
Act II: "What's the matter? Has a wild beast surprised a sitting hen?"
Act II: "I have achieved absolute power"
Act II: "Hey, Pss!"
Act II: "Our little parrot was with the Nannies"
Act II: "Ah, it's you, glorious orator"
Act II: "In Uglich, in the cathedral, in front of all the people"
Act II: "Phew! I feel terrible! Let me catch my breath"
Act III, Scene 1: "By the sky-blue waters of the vistula, under a shady willow"
Act III, Scene 1: "Enough! The beautiful lady is grateful"
Act III, Scene 1: "Marina is bored. Oh, how bored!"
Act III, Scene 1: "Ah! Oh, it's you, my father"
Act III, Scene 1: "With tender, ardent words of love"
Act III, Scene 1: "What? You impudent liar!"
Act III, Scene 2: "At midnight, in the garden, by the fountain"
Act III, Scene 2:"Tsarevich!"
Act III, Scene 2:"Can a humble and sinful man, praying for his dear ones"
Act III, Scene 2:"Tsarevich, hide!"
Act III, Scene 2: Polonaise - "I do not believe in your passion, sir"
Act III, Scene 2:"That crafty Jesuit, he has got me firmly in the grip"
Act III, Scene 2: "How long and agonizing"
Act III, Scene 2: "Oh, Tsarevich, I beg you"
Act III, Scene 2:"Oh, my turtledoves!"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1869 Version): Introduction
Act IV, Scene 1 (1869 Version): "What, is Mass Finished Already?"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1869 Version): "Trrr, trrr - Iron cap"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1869 Version): "Aaah! Boris"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version): Introduction
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"Exalted boyars!"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"Well, then? Let's go and vote, Boyars"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"What a shame that prince Shuisky isn't here"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"He was whispering: keep away, keep away"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"Here, by the front entrance"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version): "A Humble Monk"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version): "Once, in the Evening"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"The Tsarevich - Quickly!"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"Farewell, My Son!"
Act IV, Scene 1 (1874 Version):"A bell! A Funeral Knell!"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): Introduction
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version):"Bring Him Over Here!" (Tramps)
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "It's Not a Falcon Flying in the Heavens" (Tramps)
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "The sun and moon have grown dark"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "Hey Ho!"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "Domine, Domine, salvum fac"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): March - "Glory to You, Tsarevich"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "We, Dimitri Ivanovich"
Act IV, Scene 2 (1874 Version): "Flow, Flow, Bitter Tears"
I. Lullaby
II. Serenade
III. Trepak
IV. The Warrior