Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was born on March 21, 1839, in his ancestral estate of Karevo, Pskov province, Russia. He was the 30th generation from Rurik the Great, the first King of ancient Kiev Rus. Mussorgsky's family were wealthy landowners and belonged to Russian landed gentry. Young Mussorgsky studied piano from the age of six under the tutelage of his mother...See full bio »
Famous for his musical masterpiece "Saint John's Night on a Bare Mountain", sometimes referred to as "Night on a Bare Mountain", or even more popularly as "Night on Bald Mountain". It was the inspiration for the final animated segment of Walt Disney's
Fantasia, in which the composition was followed immediately without a pause by Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria".
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