Modest Mussorgsky

alt=Mussorgksy's signature Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (|Modest Petrovich Musorgsky}}|mɐˈdɛst pʲɪˈtrovʲɪtɕ ˈmusərkskʲɪj|Ru-Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky version.ogg}}; – ) was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the Romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.

Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other national themes. Such works include the opera ''Boris Godunov'', the orchestral tone poem ''A Night on the Bare Mountain'' and the piano suite ''Pictures at an Exhibition''.

For many years, Mussorgsky's works were mainly known in versions revised or completed by other composers. Many of his most important compositions have posthumously come into their own in their original forms, and some of the original scores are now also available. Provided by Wikipedia
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