Modest Mussorgskij (1839–1881) 8 Various Pieces
edited by W. G. Karatyguine [pno]
40 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 141 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-17508-8 | Softcover
I. Intermezzo – Composed in 1861, this piece bears the additional title Intermezzo in modo dassico. Musorgsky orchestrated an extended version of this piece in 1867. The significance of the addendum ‘in modo classico’ is unclear since the piece evokes rather folkloristic associations.
II. Une Plaisanterie – There are two versions of this piece Children’s Prank, of 26 September 1859 and of 28 May 1860. The musical diction is somewhat reminiscent of Musorgsky’s song cycle Nursery.
III. En Crimée. Hoursouff – This piece was written in the years 1879/80 and is also found under the title Impressions de Voyage en Crimée or On Crimea’s Southern Shore. The monophonic beginning reminds one of the gnome in the Pictures al an Exhibition. However, the salon-like middle section is not up to the level of the opening.
IV. Méditation. Feuillct d’album – Album Leaf was composed in 1880 and gives the impression of a “frozen” improvisation. Unfortunately, as the piece progresses, it does not meet up to the expectations it aroused. The influence of Chopin is unmistakable.
V. Unc Larme – A Tear was written in 1880 and is stylistically related to Chopin’s Nocturnes.
VI. La Couturicre. Scherzino – The Seamstress is a virtuoso work and can be considered as a kind of show piece.
VII. En Crimée. Capriccio – This belongs to piece No. 3 and was also composed in 1879/80. The rhythm of the middle part recalls that of Bolero. Did Ravel perhaps know this piece?
VIII. Au Village – In the Village was composed in 1880. Its modal harmony bears Russian-orthodox traits. The second part ‘Alla zingara’, despite its folk-like character, unfortunately cannot maintain the tension of the first part.
|2. Une Plaisanterie|
|3. En Crimée, Hoursouff, Notes de voyage|
|4. Méditation, Feuillet d'album|
|5. Une Larme|
|6. La Couturière: Scherzino|
|7. En Crimée: Capriccio|
|8. Au Village (oeuvre posthume)|