Bayerisches Junior Ballett München


Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) was a prominent Russian composer, known for his innovative and expressive contributions to classical music. He was born on March 21, 1839, into a noble family in Karevo, Russia. From an early age, Mussorgsky showed a keen interest in music, receiving piano lessons from his mother and later studying at the Cadet School in St. Petersburg. After completing his education, Mussorgsky embarked on a career in the civil service, working as a government clerk. However, his true passion lay in music, and he pursued composition as a serious avocation during his spare time. Mussorgsky was largely self-taught as a composer, drawing inspiration from Russian folk music, literature, and his own experiences. Mussorgsky's music is characterized by its distinctive Russian identity, marked by bold melodies, colorful harmonies, and vivid orchestration. One of Mussorgsky's most famous works is the opera "Boris Godunov," based on the historical drama by Alexander Pushkin. Other notable compositions include "Pictures at an Exhibition," a piano suite inspired by the artwork of his friend Viktor Hartmann, and "Night on Bald Mountain," a tone poem depicting a witches' Sabbath. His works continue to be celebrated for their emotional depth, evocative storytelling, and enduring influence on generations of composers.