Modest Mussorgsky was a Russian composer (1838-1881) who is best known for his opera, Boris Gudonov; the piano suite, Pictures at an Exhibition; and the tone poem, Night on Bald Mountain.
NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN
Walt Disney, in his monumental 1940 animated film, Fantasia, created an unforgettable segment depicting Satan and the evil spirits using the spectacular music from Night on Bald Mountain. A very cool piece! Click Here to see a video of the original Disney production from Fantasia.
The musical score has 4 parts:
1. Assembly of the witches (their talk and gossip).
2. Satan's journey.
3. Obscene praises of Satan.
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
The ever-popular Pictures at an Exhibition depicts an imaginary tour of an art collection, and the impressions from individual paintings. The best known version of this work was orchestrated by the noted French composer, Maurice Ravel.