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Pictures from an Exhibition: The Evolution of a Masterpiece

One popular work in the orchestral repertoire was written by a Russian composer and then orchestrated decades later by a Frenchman. As WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, this version had its first performance in October, 1922 in Paris.

Tugan Sokhiev on Mussorgsky's Pictures from an Exhibition
Conductor Tugan Sokhiev spoke with WRTI's Susan Lewis in March of 2014, when he was conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program that included Mussorgsky's 'Pictures from an Exhibition,' as orchestrated by Ravel.

Six of the drawings and watercolors that inspired Modest Mussorgsky have survived.  The first performance of Pictures from an Exhibition as orchestrated by Maurice Ravel took place in Paris on October 19th, 1922.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.