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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839–1881) 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.

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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (Russian: Моде́ст Петро́вич Мýсoргский; IPA: [mɐˈdʲest ˈmusərkskʲɪj]; 21 March [O.S. 9 March] 1839 – 28 March [O.S. 16 March] 1881) 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.

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff. [ Of all the great Russian nationalist composers of the latter part of the 19th century, Nikolai Andreievich Rimsky-Korsakoff (March 18, 1844 - June 21, 1908) stands second only to Mili Balakirev in his practical influence on the music created and preserved in that period.]

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Hey Kids, Meet Modest Mussorgsky | Composer Biography and Music Lesson Resources - http://makingmusicfun.net/htm/f_mmf_music_library/hey-kids-meet-modest-mussorgsky.htm

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Portrait of Boris Christoff (1914–1993), as Boris Godunov in 'Boris Godunov' by Modest Mussorgsky, 1965 by Leonard Boden (British 1911–1999)

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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881) was a Russian composer. He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in defiance of the established conventions of Western music. Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mountain, and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition.

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