11/8/17 – Pictures at an Exhibition

Dr. Suzuki often spoke of the power of music to bring people together and unite people of disparate backgrounds and views.  I think about this in two ways when I listen to Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky:

(1) I think about the close group of composer-friends who lived in St. Petersburg, Russia in the late 1800s comprised of Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Borodin and several others.  I think of how much genius was gathered together when they met, and how much wonderful music was comprised through their shared passion.

(2) I think of what a unique and amazing experience it is to play in a symphonic orchestra.  I love the violin, and stringed instruments in general, but I get chills down my spine during the opening theme carried by the horns in Pictures at an Exhibition.

This piece, therefore, represents music bringing people together in the past, the present, and into the future as it is played and listened to.  I hope you enjoy listening to it today!