Sunday, September 23, 2012

KC Symphony "Pictures at an Exhibition" preview by Patrick Neas

In his suite of piano miniatures called “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Modest Mussorgsky leads listeners on a promenade of paintings. They are pictures by his friend Viktor Hartmann, and they include scenes of an ox-drawn cart, baby chicks being hatched and two French women arguing in a marketplace. Mussorgsky’s final musical image, “The Great Gate of Kiev,” especially as Maurice Ravel later arranged it for orchestra, is a majestic vision that sends chills down the spine.

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