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.