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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (Composer)

Born: 21st March 1839, Karevo, Russia

Died: 28th March 1881, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Russian

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the Romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.

Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other national themes. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mountain and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition.

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 Interview, Claire Booth on Mussorgsky

The British soprano talks to Katherine about her new album with pianist Christopher Glynn, which intersperses some of the composer's lesser-known songs with a selection of his piano pieces.

 Recording of the Week, Behzod Abduraimov plays Debussy, Chopin and Mussorgsky

The Uzbek pianist is beguiling in Children's Corner and the 24 Preludes Op. 28, and offers the virtual tour of one's dreams in Pictures at an Exhibition.

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