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The Old Castle

from "Pictures at an Exhibition"

By Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

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Alto saxophone and piano - Grade 2-3
From "Pictures at an Exhibition". Composed by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881). Arranged by Heinz Both. This edition: ED 20996; Saddle-stitch. Brass/Wind Music. Schott Music #ED 20996. Published by Schott Music (SD.49019006).

Item Number: SD.49019006

ISBN 9790001174619.

With his piano cycle "Pictures at an Exhibition" from 1874, Mussorgsky created a classic example of programme music. Based on the paintings of his deceased friend Viktor Hartmann, he also composed the lyrical serenade 'Il vecchio castello' (The Old Castle), among others. Hartmann's picture shows a medieval Italian castle with a singing troubadour who accompanies himself on the lute. In Maurice Ravel's subsequent famous orchestral version, the beautiful, melancholy melody was played by the alto saxophone. Accompaniment, prelude and interludes are reminiscent of playing a medieval hurdy-gurdy with its pervading drone bass. Therein lies the continuity of the piece, thereabove lies the quiet romance with its melancholy character - the unrequited love of the troubadour. This separate edition now gives all saxophonists the opportunity to play the piece with piano accompaniment.

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