Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Art song, Composer

1839 – 1881

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Who was Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky?

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He 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. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mountain, and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition.

For many years Mussorgsky's works were mainly known in versions revised or completed by other composers. Many of his most important compositions have recently come into their own in their original forms, and some of the original scores are now also available.

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Born
Mar 21, 1839
Toropets
Also known as
  • Mussorgsky
  • Musogorski
  • Moussorgsky
  • Mussogrsky
  • Модест Петрович Мусоргский
  • Modeste Moussogorski
  • Mussorgski
  • Modeste Moussorgsky
  • Modeste Mussorgsky
  • Modeste Moussorgski
Ethnicity
  • Russian
Nationality
  • Russian Empire
Profession
Died
Mar 28, 1881
Saint Petersburg

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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