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The World's Greatest Music
Some snow-covered recommendations from the Russian section of Katherine's collection.
Mussorgsky was another member of that group known as the Five. He was a great innovator and a champion of music that had a distinctively Russian sound. Many of his works were inspired by history, folklore, and other nationalist themes. Perhaps his most imaginative and certainly most frequently performed work is a cycle of pieces describing paintings in sound called Pictures at an Exhibition. ‘Mussorgsky originally wrote them for the piano,’ says Katherine, ‘but we know them best these days because of the amazing orchestral arrangement by the French composer Maurice Ravel.’
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