Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Vladimir Horowitz: “Pianostrating” Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition
by McKinley, Kristi Lynne, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 29; 13861939
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chou, Shun-Lin
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
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Modest Mussorgsky, Piano, Pictures at an Exhibition, Transcription, Vladimir Horowitz
Publication Number: 13861939
ISBN: 9781687990600
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