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 For Orchestra & Solo Piano
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94931   Number of Discs: 1
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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Night On Bald Mountain
Release Date: 10/02/1992   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 325   Number of Discs: 1
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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / János Sólyom
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 16   Number of Discs: 1
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Noriko Ogawa Plays Mussorgsky
Release Date: 01/25/1999   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 905   Number of Discs: 1
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Aho: Symphony No 3;  Mussorgsky / Vänskä, Lahti So, Et Al
Release Date: 04/22/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1186   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Songs and dances of death

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  • 26.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Boris Christoff, Vol. 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89713 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Boris Christoff
    Conductor:  Georges Tzipine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Lied Album - Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Kilpinen / Martti Talvela
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430070 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yrjö Kilpinen,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Irwin Gage,  Ralf Gothóni
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    Prima Voce - Igor Gorin In Opera & Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7937 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Grechaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Gorin,  Max Rabinovitch
    Conductor:  Wilfrid Pelletier,  Bruno Reibold
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  • 29.
    Songs And Dances Of Death - Mussorgsky, Shostakovich
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 312 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Susanna Lemberskaya,  Guenko Guechev
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    Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Portrait
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000639802 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Rubinstein,  Gioachino Rossini,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Oleg Boshniakovich,  Mikhail Arkadiev,  Olga Borodina
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Ion Marin,  Nikolai Korniev,  Nikolai Kalinin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov / Hvorostovsky, Temirkanov
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62050 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Hvorostovsky - In Concert
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4330 Release Date: 05/03/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / Solti, Et Al
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000291402 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Daniel Barenboim,  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Shostakovich, Mussorgsky / Galina Vishnevskaya
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62830 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Ulf Hoelscher,  Vasso Devetsi,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Ewa Podles & Garrick Ohlsson Live - Chopin, Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninov
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 405 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Ewa Podles,  Garrick Ohlsson
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    Aho: Symphony No 3;  Mussorgsky / Vänskä, Lahti So, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1186 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Kalevi Aho
    Performer:  Matti Salminen,  Jaakko Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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    Russian Arias / Podles, Orbelian, Philharmonia Of Russia
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3298 Release Date: 04/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Rodion Shchedrin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ewa Podles
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow
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    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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  • 39.
    Pora! And Other Russian Romances / Amaize, Korevaar
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 82098 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Odekhiren Amaize,  David Korevaar
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    Mussorgsky: Song Cycles / Netania Davrath, Erik Werba
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 120 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Netania Davrath,  Erik Werba
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  • 41.
    Russian Vocal Masterpieces - Mussorgsky, Et Al / Savenko
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84399 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Michael Dussek,  Vassily Savenko
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 14;  Mussorgsky / Neeme Järvi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437785 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Brigitte Fassbaender
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Mussorgsky: Songs And Dances Of Death / Lipovsek, Johnson
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66858 Release Date: 07/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Marjana Lipovsek
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  • 45.
    Label: Point Classics   Catalog: 5098 Release Date: 12/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Aage Haugland,  Poul Rosenbaum
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  • 46.
    Mussorgsky, Ibert, Dorumsgaard: Songs / Aage Haugland
    Label: Point Classics   Catalog: 5088 Release Date: 12/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Jacques Ibert,  Arne Oddvar Dorumsgaard
    Performer:  Aage Haugland,  Poul Rosenbaum
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  • 47.
    George London In Concert
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1030 Release Date: 11/06/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  George London
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  • 48.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / János Sólyom
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Hans Pĺlsson,  Erick Saeden,  János Sólyóm
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  • 49.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Night On Bald Mountain
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 325 Release Date: 10/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Martti Talvela
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Moussorgsky: Chants Et Danses De La Mort / Hacquard
    Label: Alienor   Catalog: 1055 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Mario Hacquard
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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