Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Born: 21 March 1839, Karevo, Russia
Died: 28 March 1881, Saint Petersburg, Russia
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. An alcoholic, Mussorgsky died as a result of delirium tremens (DTs) and was buried at the Tikhvin cemetery. During redevelopment between 1935 and 1937 the gravestones were moved by the Soviet government, but the graves and tombs were covered in asphalt, and Mussorgsky’s grave is now a bus stop.
Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite of ten pieces originally composed for the piano in 1874 in remembrance of the Russian architect and painter Viktor Hartmann.