It is known that Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition has been popularly orchestrated, but not so well known that the brilliant pianist Vladimir Horowitz composed a piano transcription of the famous work. Horowitz composed a transcription because he claimed that Mussorgsky’s original composition was too “introverted” and that his writing was “awkward” since Mussorgsky was not much of a pianist. Horowitz’s transcription caused a strong controversy about tampering with Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, but he only sought to make a better piano sound. This analysis examines how Horowitz transformed each movement in pursuit of enhancing the character and making the piece more pianistic.
|Commitee:||Richey, Craig, Hickman, Roger|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Bob Cole Conservatory of Music|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/4(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Modest Mussorgsky, Piano, Pictures at an Exhibition, Transcription, Vladimir Horowitz|
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