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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.

Music heard in this episode:

Mussorgsky: Selections from Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky: Promenade
Mussorgsky: Gnome
Mussorgsky: Old Castle
Mussorgsky: Tuileries
Mussorgsky: Bydlo
Mussorgsky: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Mussorgsky: Samual Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Mussorgsky: Limoges
Mussorgsky: Catacvombae
Mussorgsky: Conmortuis in Lingua Mortua
Mussorgsky: Hut on Fowl's Legs
Mussorgsky: Great Gate of Kiev

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This Week's Quiz

Pictures at an Exhibition starts off with a Promenade that appears several times throughout the work. What is its purpose?

 To provide a break

 To stroll you through the gallery from one picture to the next

 To tie the pieces of music together

 To make you feel happy

What instrument sings for the troubadour in the music about the old castle?

 Piano

 Clarinet

 Violin

 Saxophone

 Cello

The last picture in the exhibition is Viktor Hartman’s design for a gate to what city?

 St. Petersburg

 Moscow

 Kiev

 London

 Paris

Classics For Kids

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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.

Music heard in this episode:

Mussorgsky: Selections from Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky: Promenade
Mussorgsky: Gnome
Mussorgsky: Old Castle
Mussorgsky: Tuileries
Mussorgsky: Bydlo
Mussorgsky: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Mussorgsky: Samual Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Mussorgsky: Limoges
Mussorgsky: Catacvombae
Mussorgsky: Conmortuis in Lingua Mortua
Mussorgsky: Hut on Fowl's Legs
Mussorgsky: Great Gate of Kiev

Learn more about Modest Mussorgsky

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz

Pictures at an Exhibition starts off with a Promenade that appears several times throughout the work. What is its purpose?

 To provide a break

 To stroll you through the gallery from one picture to the next

 To tie the pieces of music together

 To make you feel happy

What instrument sings for the troubadour in the music about the old castle?

 Piano

 Clarinet

 Violin

 Saxophone

 Cello

The last picture in the exhibition is Viktor Hartman’s design for a gate to what city?

 St. Petersburg

 Moscow

 Kiev

 London

 Paris

 

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