Pictures at an Exhibition – Admiring a Masterpiece from Multiple Angles

Hartmann_ExhibitionModest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) for solo piano is widely known to audiences through Ravel’s orchestration, commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky in 1922. Ravel’s version is, however, only one of 38 published orchestrations for the symphony orchestra (and one of over 300 hundred arrangements for various ensembles).

In a lecture recital I will discuss the complicated history of this orchestral pillar and Eastman’s Philharmonia will bring these Pictures to life with performance examples from orchestrations by Maurice Ravel (1922), Sergei Gorchakov (1954) and Leonard Lawrence (1977), along with excerpts from the original piano score.

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