(Born at Karevo, district of Toropeta, in the government of
Pskov, on March 28, 1835; died at St. Petersburg on
March 28, 1881)
SUR LE MONT-CHAUVE"); FANTASY FOR
MOUSSORGSKY'S FANTASY was composed in 1867 and was thus one of the few early Russian orchestral compositions of a fantastically picturesque nature. In the original form it was no doubt crude, for Moussorgsky had little technic for the larger forms of music; he despised "style," and believed that much knowledge would prevent him from attaining the realism that was his goal. That he himself was not satisfied with this symphonic poem is shown by the fact that he revised it two or three times. He died; Rimsky-Korsakov edited it and orchestrated it. The music was finally heard after Moussorgsky's death Rimsky-Korsakov was a fastidious musician, a learned harmonist, a master of orchestrations. It is said that he sandpapered and polished Boris Godounov to the great detriment of Moussorgsky's opera; he chastened the wild spirit; he tamed the native savageness, so it is said. What did he do to this musical picture of a Witches' Sabbath on Bald Mountain?
Having heard several musical descriptions of these unholy Sab