Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
Young readers will gain an understanding of what motivated the great 19th century Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky, to write the classic piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. This moving and true story about the experiences that inspired Mussorgsky's composition are blended with a series of captivating illustrations by JoAnn E. Kitchel. Children will come away from this wonderful story with a deeper appreciation for music composers and a longing to create some beautiful music of their own. 32 pgs, hc. ~ Mike
When his friend Victor suddenly dies, composer Mussorgsky is deeply saddened. But, with the help of his friends, and through his own music, Modest finds a way to keep Victor's spirit alive.
Readers of all ages will enjoy the inspirational story behind the composition of Pictures at an Exhibition. Bright, colorful illustrations incorporate elements of Russian folk art and traditional symbols. View pages from artist JoAnn Kitchel's notebook for explanations of the symbols and see her pencil-sketch research of the Russian culture.