Modest Mussorgsky

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About Modest Mussorgsky

Although not professionally trained as a composer, Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) was crucial in developing a distinctly Russian musical style. His lack of formal instruction and his rejection of European models led him to create music of such startling originality that after his death, many of his works were "corrected" by more conventional composers. The difficulties of his personal life prevented him from composing full time, and he died young, leaving a small but hugely influential body of work. He is best known for the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition, the tone poem Night on Bald Mountain, and the opera Boris Godunov.

Karevo, Pskov, Russia
March 21, 1839