Mussorgsky! arranged by L. C. Harnsberger. Concert Band. For Concert Band. Concert Band. Young Symphonic. Form: Transcription. Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. 2.5 (Medium Easy) (grade 2,5). Conductor Score & Parts. 212 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.29470).
Modest Mussorgsky (1839--1881) was a relatively unknown composer during his lifetime, but some of his works are among todayâ€™s best-known pieces in concert halls and films. His orchestral work Night on Bald Mountain was immortalized by Walt Disney in Fantasia, and Pictures at an Exhibition is one of the most performed pieces by symphony orchestras. Selections from these two pieces are wonderfully transcribed for young band in Mussorgsky! The arrangement begins with the mystical opening from Night on Bald Mountain which transitions to the hauntingly beautiful conclusion of that same work. To conclude is the "Great Gate of Kiev" from Pictures at an Exhibition which is one of music literatureâ€™s most inspiring moments. (3:30)