[Firelands Symphony Orchestra] Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite of ten pieces composed by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. Although originally composed for solo piano, Pictures became better known in orchestral form after Mussorgsky’s death, particularly as arranged by French composer Maurice Ravel in 1922.
Mussorgsky based his musical material on drawings and watercolours by Viktor Hartmann, a close friend who died suddenly at 39 years of age. The composer was inspired by a memorial exhibition of Hartmann’s artwork and felt the need to capture the experience in music. The music depicts his tour of the exhibition, with each of the ten numbers of the suite serving as a musical illustration of an individual work by Hartmann.
Unfortunately, several of the pieces inspired by Mussorgsky have been lost, however we do know of the six you see featured here. The evening’s event with include a pre-concert exhibition, featuring works by students of our local high school art programs, inspired by the suite. Entries for the “missing” artwork will be judged prior to that evening with the winners featured during the orchestra’s performance.
In addition to Pictures at an Exhibition, our guest artist will perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43