Kids Commute: 'Pictures at an Exhibition' Week!
This week on Kids Commute, Walk with us through a museum with the music of Modest Mussorgsky's suite, "Pictures at an Exhibition"!
Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky wrote "Pictures at an Exhibition" in 1874.
Then, in 1922, French composer Maurice Ravel adapted this suite so that a full orchestra could play it.
It became super popular and is still widely performed and recorded.
There are ten movements, each representing a different piece of artwork, but there are also smaller movements in between called "Promenades" that repeat a musical theme.
These pieces of art — the “Pictures” at this "Exhibition" — were by architect and painter Viktor Hartmann, who had recently passed away, and Mussorgsky wrote the suite as a tribute to him.
Unfortunately, most of Hartmann's original paintings are actually lost.
But that gives us a chance rely on the music to let us know what the paintings were like!
Let's explore them!
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