Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich Composers Composition Music

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was born in 1839, in the Karevo, district of Pskov and died in 1881 in St. Petersburg. A member of Moguchaya Kuchka (The Five), Mussorgsky was a competent pianist and a fiercely nationalist composer. In this light, his opera Boris Godunov still stands out. Before his early death (most likely due to his alcoholism which may have been influenced by mental illness), he wrote several other memorable works, some of which received orchestration from other composers, such as Pictures at an Exhibition, which Ravel orchestrated, Night on Bald Mountain, the opera Khovanshchina, and the songs The Nursery and Songs and Dances of Death.

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