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Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Mussorgsky

  • March 21, 1839 Karevo, Russia - March 28, 1881 St. Petersburg, Russia


Mussorgsky's passion of music

Son of a great landowner and descendent of the Smolensk princes Mussorgsky was given a perfect education with governesses, piano lessons and a wide general knowledge. As a young lieutenant in St. Petersburg, he frequented Glinka’s salons where he met Cui and Balakirev who gave him a few lessons in composition. He was drawn to music above all else and composed without ever having received any proper tuition in techniques. He read Berlioz’s theory on orchestration, which was found on his pillow the day he died.

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