Petrovich Mussorgsky was
a Russian composer. He was a member of The Five, the group of composers
under the leadership of Mily Balakirev dedicated to producing a
distinctly Russian kind of music.
is best remembered today for his orchestral work St. John's Night
on the Bare Mountain, commonly known as Night
on Bald Mountain. This piece was popularized particularly by
its appearance in Disney's Fantasia and in the tower scene of the
Wizard of Oz.
Mussorgsky is also known for his cycle of piano pieces, Pictures
at an Exhibition, written in commemoration of his friend, the architect
Viktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky's opera, Boris Godunov is also well
known. Among his other works are a number of songs, including three
song cycles: The Nursery (1872), Sunless (1874) and Songs & Dances
of Death (1877). Sunless lends its title to the 1982 film Sans Soleil
by Chris Marker.
Petrovich Mussorgsky died on March 28, 1881 and was interred in
Tikhvin Cemetery at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, in St. Petersburg,
viewing drawing/Mussorgsky, Wicked Witch of the West
Mussorgsky Album, Manaton, Dartmoor, England