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Mussorgsky -- Pictures at an Exhibition
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By Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Piano - Advanced
Composed by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881). Edited by Nancy Bricard. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Alfred Masterwork Edition. Masterwork; Romantic. Book. 68 pages. Alfred Music #00-17206. Published by Alfred Music (AP.17206).

Item Number: AP.17206

ISBN 9780739011942. English.

Based on the autograph manuscript and earliest editions, editor Nancy Bricard addresses the sources and discrepancies between the various publications of Moussorgsky's most important contribution to piano literature---Pictures at an Exhibition. This well-researched edition describes the close relationship between the composer and Russian artist Victor Hartmann, whose paintings and sketches inspired the creation of this collection of musical works. Bricard offers fascinating insight into the composer's compositional process by including music passages in her footnotes that Moussorgsky had discarded from the autograph. Also discussed are matters of tempo, fingering, pedaling and interpretation, as well as background on the historical, cultural and social environment that influenced the composer's music.

  • Foreword 
  • About this Edition 
  • Editorial Considerations 
  • Background/Events 
  • Musicial Language 
  • About Pictures at an Exhibition 
  • About Victor A. Hartmann 
  • About the music 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Pictures At An Exhibition  Performed by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
  • Promenade 
  • Gnome 
  • The Old Castle 
  • Tuileries (Dispute of Children after Play) 
  • Cattle 
  • Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks 
  • Limoges. The Marketplace (The Big News) 
  • Catacombs (A Roman Burial Chamber) 
  • With the Dead in a Dead Language 
  • The Hut on Hen's Legs (Baba Yaga) 
  • The Bogatyr Gate (In the Ancient Capital, Kiev) 

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  • 5

    Ramon M
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  • July 24, 2012 Great worth every penny!

    This is a great edition and has a great forward on Mussorgsky and this particular work! Edition is great, peadling,fingering and worth every penny! not to mention a great cover, binding and references. great deal, good buy!

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  • 5

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  • June 30, 2012 Russian Symbolist Masterpiece

    Pictures at an Exhibition, by Modeste Mussorgsky, is one of the great masterpieces of the Russian romantic repertoire. Symbolist values, such as the fascination with death, and the idea that the truest representation of reality is in the mind, are exhibited in this set of reflections on drawings by a...

    well known artist of the time. these works are of varying difficulty, from moderately difficult to virtuoso. The editing and graphics are all top notch. Alfred Publishing and Nancy Bricard have made available an outstanding edition at an affordable price.

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  • 5

    Jeff A.
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  • January 17, 2012 For pianists seeking familiarity with Mussorgsky

    This incredible work was inspired by an art exhibit and thus, affords a unique opportunity to study music in relation to visual arts. This is a well-laid out edition--the notes are printed clearly and a helpful introduction is provided. Pieces may be studied individually to suit one's...

    level and taste but they are generally on the upper intermediate to the advanced levels.

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