• Learn More About Modest Mussorgsky
Grade 3, Log On
One day Modest Mussorgksy, a composer from Russia, went to visit an exhibition of pictures by a friend of his who was an artist. At the exhibition, there were watercolor paintings hanging from the walls for people to look at.
While Mussorgsky was there, he had a wonderful idea. He decided he would compose a piece of music that could be played at the exhibition. His composition, called Pictures at an Exhibition, would have eleven sections. Each section would be for every painting in the exhibition. He also composed a section to be played when people walked from painting to painting.
Like other composers who lived when he did, Mussorgsky liked to create music that made the listener think of a scene or picture. In Pictures at an Exhibition, each section has music that sounds like the picture. In the section called "Bydlo (The Farm Cart)," you can hear the wheels of the cart as they plod through the mud.
Click here to see some of the paintings and listen to the music that Mussorgsky wrote for them.