Posted by: tammyspianostudio | May 16, 2011

Listening 33


Dear Listeners,

Week 33 brings us Modest (accent on the second syllable) Mussorgsky and his “Pictures at an Exhibition”.  Mussorgsky wrote and create this “musical tribute” to honor his friend, an artist, after seeing an art show of his work.  The music depicts 10 pieces of art in the show.  “Pictures” was written originally for piano, but it has also been arranged for orchestra and many other orchestrations.  If you would like to play some of Mussorgsky’s music, follow the links below.  The 10 movements are:

Promenade (this music depicts Mussorgsky walking through the art exhibit, sometimes slowly and sad while thinking about his friend who just passed away; and sometimes quickly to see the next piece of art ~ the “Promenade” returns between each movement)

  1. The Gnome
  2. The Old Castle
  3. Dispute Between Children at Play
  4. Cattle
  5. Battle of the Unhatched Chicks
  6. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle
  7. The Market at Limoges (The Great News)
  8. The Catacombs (With the Dead in a Dead Language)
  9. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)
  10. The Bogatyre Gates (in the Capital in Kiev)

Hear the Music    http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/music_view.asp?id=14    (“Promenade”)

Activity Sheet    http://www.classicsforkids.com/activitysheets/October2008.pdf    (“Gnome”)

Would you like to play some of the movements?  Follow these links and look for “Download PDF”.  These are all FREE.

  1. http://imslp.org/wiki/Pictures_at_an_Exhibition_(Mussorgsky,_Modest_Petrovich)    Click on ‘Piano Scores’ > ‘Complete Scores’
  2. http://www.free-scores.com/download-sheet-music.php?pdf=3853
  3. http://cantorion.org/music/1202/Pictures_at_an_Exhibition_Original_version
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