Born: March 21, 1839, Toropets, Russia
Died: March 28, 1881, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Buried: Alexander Nevsky Monastery, Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russia
Find A Grave Memorial# 1513
Movies: Boris Godunov
Libretti: Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina, The Fair at Sorochyntsi, Salammbô, Zhenitba
Modest Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music. Mussorgsky is best known today for his popular piano composition Pictures at an Exhibition: the Russian composer drew inspiration for the piece from an exhibit of watercolors by his friend, artist Victor Hartmann. When Hartmann died in 1874, the grief-stricken Mussorgsky exclaimed, "What a terrible blow! Why should a dog, a horse, a rat live on - and creatures like Hartmann die!" The composition is best known through an orchestral arrangement by Maurice Ravel. Viktor Hartmann was a Russian architect and painter. He was associated with the Abramtsevo Colony, purchased and preserved beginning of 1870 by Savva Mamontov, and the Russian Revival. Vladimir Stasov had introduced him to the circle of Mily Balakirev in 1870 and he had been a close friend of the composer Modest Mussorgsky.
They met in 1870 and remained friends until Hartmann’s death in 1873: 3 years.
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (March 21, 1839 – March 28, 1881)
Viktor Alexandrovich Hartmann (May 5, 1834 - August 4, 1873)
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Church: Saint Alexander Nevsky Monastery (1-y pr-d, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 196642) was founded by Peter I of Russia in 1710 at the eastern end of the Nevsky Prospekt in Saint Petersburg supposing that that was the site of the Neva Battle in 1240 when Alexander Nevsky, a prince, defeated the Swedes; however, the battle actually took place about 12 miles (19 km) away from that site. The monastery grounds contain two baroque churches, designed by father and son Trezzini and built from 1717–1722 and 1742–1750, respectively; a majestic Neoclassical cathedral, built in 1778–1790 to a design by Ivan Starov and consecrated to the Holy Trinity; and numerous structures of lesser importance. It also contains the Lazarev and Tikhvin Cemeteries. Notable queer burials: Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).
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