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Promenade; Tuileries – Fun and Games in the Gardens

After the shadowed reverie induced by Il Vecchio Castello, it’s as if Mussorgsky needs a brisk walk to shake himself up a little. The final G# is used as a pivot to turn us into the bright sunshine of B major … Continue reading

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Pictures and Promenades – Mussorgsky goes for a walk

It was to the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg  [above] –  now known as the Russian Academy of Fine Arts –  that Mussorgsky went in 1874 to visit his deceased friend’s paintings. Quite an impressive building in itself, and … Continue reading

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Pictures – Background and Perspective

In 1874 the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky attended an exhibition of paintings by his friend Victor Hartmann, painter and architect (left), who had died the previous year. Mussorgsky immortalized the exhibition by composing a work based on some of the … Continue reading

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Pictures at an Exhibition

Another year -another theme for my blog. In 2016 we are going north to Russia, for composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and ‘The Mighty Five’, of whose compositions Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is one of the most celebrated … Continue reading

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