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Pictures at an Exhibition

Fact File

  • Modest Mussorgsky was born in Russia in 1839 and died in 1881.
  • His family was wealthy and owned land.
  • He showed musical talents at an early age.
  • First he trained to be a Military Officer and then became a Civil Servant.
  • He always wanted to write music, and began to compose seriously in 1858.
  • Much of his musical inspiration came from the folk music and folk tales of Russia.
  • Mussorgsky had a vivid imagination and wanted to produce music that would illuminate the lives of many people.
  • He was a member of a group of Russian composers who had strong feelings of patriotism known as ‘The Five’ (Balakirev, Cui, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky).
  • His greatest works include the opera Boris Godunov, an orchestral piece Night on the Bare Mountain, and Pictures at an Exhibition.

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