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Modest Mussorgsky:
Halloween Music

Appropriately spooky classical music for Halloween.

Music heard in this episode:
Mussorgsky: Gnome from Pictures at an Exhibition
Grieg: March of the Trolls
Gounod: Funeral March os a Marionette
Liszt: Totentanz
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
Stravinsky: Infernal Dance
Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
Humperdinck: Witch's Ride from Hansel and Gretel
Mussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain

Other shows about Modest Mussorgsky:
About Modest Mussorgsky
The Mighty Handful
Pictures at an Exhibition

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About Modest Mussorgsky
3/21/1839 - 3/28/1881
Born in Russia

Modest Mussorgsky was born in the Russian village of Karevo. His mother gave him his first piano lessons, and it was clear early on that Mussorgsky was a very good pianist.

Modest went to military boarding school, and when he graduated, he joined the army as an officer. Then, Mussorgsky started studying music with Russian composer Mily Balakirev, and left the army to become a composer. He was part of a group of five Russian composers known as "The Five," or the "Mighty Handful."

But Mussorgsky had a hard time making a living as a composer, especially after his family lost all its money. So he got a government job, and continued to spend all his spare time composing.

In addition to his instrumental music, Mussorgsky wrote songs, and several operas. His operatic masterpiece is "Boris Godunov," about a Russian Tsar who lived in the 1500's.

See other composers born in Russia


This Week's Quiz:

1. Which piece of music was used as the opening to a television show?

Pictures at an Exhibition

Funeral March for a Marionette


Ode to Joy

The Firebird

2.Composer Camille Saint-Saens has the devil play what instrument in his Danse Macabre?






3. Who are mythical women on horseback?


Fairy Princesses





Modest Mussorgsky
"Gnome" from Pictures at an Exhibition

Composed in 1874
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Daviel Nazareth, conductor

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