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And I thought some of my pieces were hare-brained

This is a fairly famous piece - Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain - and I will premise this short post by saying that I actually do like a lot of this.

But around 5:12 I came to the sudden realization that...this work is *refusing* to complete a particular phrase or section and instead is quite happy to abruptly switch to different themes with wanton abandon. I find my favorite sections of this work are the ones that are longer - and more well developed.

I've done some quick reading to see what his intentions were, and it seems like what *we're* getting was edited and published by another man - how much of this Mussorgsky intended, it appears, we simply don't know (or, if we do, I can't be bothered to dig for it.) The editor and publisher was Rimsky-Korsakov, and *his* version - the one that's linked and is famous - was a smash hit in St. Petersburg at its debut. However, Mussorgsky was already dead at this point, and never even saw his own work performed. Quite sad.

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Here's Mussorgsky's original version: more cohesive than Rimsky-Korsakov's, I think:

Mussorgsky's "St. John's Eve on Bald Mountain" (Audio + Score)

Haha, check out this wildly acrobatic ballet russe-type performance I found, with a somewhat anachronistic drum solo in the middle:

Une nuit sur le mont Chauve de Modeste Moussorgski Ballet Igor Moiseyev

Edited at 2018-11-18 01:11 am (UTC)

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