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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881) one of the Russian composers known as the Five, was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music. Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes, including the orchestral tone poem 'Night on Bald Mountain', and the piano suite 'Pictures at an Exhibition'. Mussorgsky's most imaginative and frequently performed work is the cycle of piano pieces describing paintings in sound called 'Pictures at an Exhibition'. One of Mussorgsky's most striking pieces is the single-movement orchestral work 'Night on Bald Mountain'. The work enjoyed broad popular recognition in the 1930s when it was featured, in tandem with Schubert's 'Ave Maria', in the Disney film Fantasia.

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Mussorgsky - Pictures At An Exhibition – 1st Promenade in B flat major
  • Artist: Classical Music Licensing Ltd
Bold and distinctive piano melodies and chords ring out with regal and noble fashion. This is the first promenade in the suite, 'Pictures at an Exhibition', which depicts a tour around an art gallery or collection.
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