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Pictures at an Exhibition: The Evolution of a Masterpiece

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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 at an Exhibition,' as orchestrated by Ravel.

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. The music describes a stroll through the gallery - a promenade - with ten specific images brought to life.

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