I am thankful for, on this first Musical Monday with actual…well, music, Mr. Modest Mussorgsky. Today’s clip is actually Maurice Ravel’s riff on the “Great Gates of Kiev” movement from the suite, “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
The suite is Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition, and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. It has become further known through various orchestrations and arrangements produced by other musicians and composers, with Maurice Ravel’s arrangement being the most recorded and performed.1
Sadly, the video above does not credit orchestra or conductor.