Musorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 99 pages
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This informative and wide-ranging guide places the original piano work in the context of Russian cultural life, considering in particular the work of the artist Victor Hartman, creator of the pictures that inspired Musorgsky's composition. A detailed synopsis takes the reader through each piece in turn, and subsequent chapters consider the musical language and structure. Michael Russ also describes the fate of the work in the hands of editors and performers and closes by surveying the best of the orchestrations, particularly Ravel's.
  

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As well as I know this piece (one I have taught repeatedly at college-level), I found this book tremendously informative, and recommend it heartily to all persons, performers and listeners alike. Read full review

Contents

Pictures at an Exhibition and nineteenthcentury music
1
Genre
3
Nineteenthcentury Russian piano music
5
Nationalism and Populism
7
Realism
9
Musorgsky and Hartman
13
Hartmans death and the composition of Pictures
15
The work of Victor Hartman
19
Church music and bell sounds
55
The variation process
57
Rhythm and metre
61
Harmony scales tonality and voiceleading in Pictures at an Exhibition
63
Sets and scales
65
New linear structures
71
Orchestrations and transcriptions of Pictures at an Exhibition
76
Ravels orchestration
79

Manuscript publication and performance
21
Performances
25
Looking at Musorgskys Pictures at an Exhibition
28
the structure of the whole
30
Synopsis
35
The musical language of Pictures at an Exhibition
50
Some remarks on the other transcriptions
83
Pictures at an Exhibition principal transcriptions and orchestrations
87
Notes
89
Select bibliography
94
Index
96
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Russ-University of Ulster at Jordanstown.

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