Modest Mussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain

Modest Mussorgsky

Title: A Night on Bald Mountain

Date: 1867

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky

Romantic Era

Russian

1839 – 1881

 

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a composer and an innovator of Russian music during the Romantic period. In defiance of the conventions of the Western music establishment, he deliberately strove to give Russian music its own identity. His music was influenced by national themes, folklore and history.

A Night on Bald Mountain was inspired by Russian literature and legend. Its theme is a witch’s sabbat on St John’s Eve.

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