Modest Petrovich Moussorgsky

Modest Petrovich MoussorgskyModes Moussorgsky was born at Karevo, Russia, March 28, 1835, and died at St. Petersburg, March 28, 1881.

He entered the Russian army, but on meeting with Dargomijsky and the leaders of the “New Russian School” his musical inclinations got the better of him.

Against the advice of Cui, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Balakirev, Borodin and Stassov, he resigned his military appointment and endeavored to win success at music.

He was morbid, sensitive, at time over confident and at time utterly despondent in disposition.

Sheer poverty forced him to accept a government position in the interior, but he soon wore out the patience of his department and was obliged to return to Petersburg.

He remained there from 1870 to 1871, working constantly.

His opera Boris Godounov had already attracted attention and had earned for him restricted recognition as a composer of great originality, but only a few realized his great genius.

Rimsky-Korsakoff, a warm and faithful friend, shared rooms with him until his marriage left Moussorgsky dependent on his own resources.

He gradually sank from bad to worse, morally, physical, and mentally, until he faded out of a world into which he never quite fit.

He left several operas, orchestral and choral music, piano music and songs, reflecting his own anarchic ideals, and wild Slavic temperament.