Theme from Pictures at an Exhibition “The Old Castle” (Mussorgsky)

This theme from Pictures at an Exhibition will be a fantastic introduction to this famous composer’s music!

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Pictures at an Exhibition (Russian: Картинки с выставки – Воспоминание о Викторе Гартмане, ‘Pictures from an Exhibition – A Remembrance of Viktor Hartmann’, French: Tableaux d’une exposition) is a suite of ten piano pieces plus a recurring, varied Promenade) composed for piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874.

The suite is Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. It has become further known through various orchestrations and arrangements, with Maurice Ravel’s arrangement being by far the most recorded and performed.

This arrangement of the second piece from the suite has been transposed to A minor, but retains much of the spirit of the original. The hand position changes are clearly marked and easily achieved.

Key: A minor

Mood: sad, wistful

Pedagogy: fifths, hand position changes, clef changes. dotted-quarter-eighth rhythms


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