Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition. Part 5 “Bydło”

This play it also belongs to a genre, where, generally, there can not be made a lot of mistakes with interpretation. One thing’s for certain, for that great creativity is required. And besides, if in previous music pieces, playing kids were portraied in quite transparent watercolors, and generally, kids are there without particular psyhological penetrations,…

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition. Part 4 “Tuileries”

Mussorgsky Pictures at the Exhibition, Part 4 Tuileries We have heard two very dark and dramatic pieces: Gnome, which offers us unpleasant features of the Russian subconscious, Russian dwarfs, and terrifying Russian mythology; and then the very sad, piercing “Old Castle”. Now, Mussorgsky superbly changes mood to that of a very energetic personal storytelling, in…

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition. Part 2 “Gnome”

To fully and clearly comprehend the whole of this music we need to step back a bit from it   And focus our attention on human consciousness, to get inside the composer’s mind. This is the most important question to answer in order to understand the message behind, and the material content of, this musical work.…Consciousness…Human…

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition. Part 1 “Promenade”

Today I want to begin a long conversation with listeners, which will continue without end, until the logical conclusion, until the end of my life.   This conversation is very important, where we will talk about the most important works of piano literature.   Today I want to start with Mussorgsky’s remarkable “Pictures at an…