Modest Mussorgsky was born in a well reputed family, Mussorgsky, who were considered the descendants of the first Ruthenian ruler, Ryurik. He started receiving piano lessons from his mother since the age of 6. Later, in his youth he also served at a military hospital in Saint Petersburg after he completed his studies at School for Cadets of the Guard. His compositions were largely Romantic and had a lot of Russian musical themes. One of his most renowned pieces is the single-movement orchestral work, ‘Night on Bald Mountain’. His talents as a song writer are evident from his melodious songs like the three song cycles; The Nursery (1872), Sunless (1874) and Songs and Dances of Death (1877). His musical talents soon got eclipsed by his raging alcoholism. He spent his last days in a Saint Petersburg tavern. Later, in 1881 he suffered attacks of alcoholic epilepsy and died soon after his 42nd birthday.
- Souvenir of Childhood, 1857
- Intermezzo in the Classic Style, 1860
- St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain, 1867
- Boris Godunov, 1868
- Khovanshchina, 1872
- Pictures from an Exhibition, 1874
- Transcaucasian Suite, 1880
- Three Vocalises, 1880
- Five Russian Folksongs, 1880
MODEST MUSSORGSKY TIMELINE
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was born in Karevo, Russia.
His mother started to give him his first musical lesson in piano.
He performed a John Field concerto for family and relatives.
Started attending the elite Peterschule (St. Peter's School) with his brother.
Published his first piano piece called ‘Porte-enseigne Polka’.
Mussorgsky Joined the Cadet School of the Guards.
Graduated from Cadet School and received a commission with the Preobrazhensky Regiment.
Resigned commission to dedicate his life solely to music.
Mussorgsky joined Glinka's opera ‘A Life for the Tsar’.
Produced his first a four-hand piano sonata.
Composed ‘Intermezzo in modo classico’ for piano solo.
Started working on an opera called ‘Salammbô’.
His mother died.
Mussorgsky started to work on of Nikolai Gogol's ‘The Marriage (Zhenitba)’ but left it in the mid-way.
Started working on his greatest production, ‘Boris Godunov’, which got completed in February, 1874.
Died on 28th March.
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