Composer Spotlight: Mussorgsky

Modest Mussorgsky, 1881

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, of the group known as "The Five" (Balakirev, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Borodin), five prominent 19th-century Russian composers, who worked together to create a distinctly Russian classical music.  He was well known for his defiance of the conventions of classically "Western" music.  He drew upon Russian history and folklore, as well as nationalist themes, as inspiration for his compositions.  Prominent among his works are Boris Godunov, Night on Bald Mountain, and Pictures at an Exhibition.