Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)

NYO-USA performs Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, under the direction of David Robertson, in the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut on July 22, 2014. Watch additional highlights from this concert at:

Modest Mussorgsky’s highly individual voice was long obscured by well-meaning editors and fellow composers who considered his unconventional harmonies and orchestrations crude. Pictures at an Exhibition—a suite of vividly drawn tonal sketches inspired by an exhibition of artworks by the composer’s friend Viktor Hartmann—was originally written for piano. However, it is best known in the masterful orchestration that Maurice Ravel made in 1922.


Each summer, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young musicians from across the country (ages 16-19) to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). In 2014, following a two-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers were joined by conductor David Robertson and violinist Gil Shaham for an eight-city coast-to-coast US tour. To learn more about NYO-USA, visit


Director: Habib Azar
Associate Director: Jay Millard
Stage Manager: Carole Shure
Technical Director: James Sapione
Score Reader: Nicholas DeMaison
Cameras: Matt Bockelman, Hiram Becker, and Andrew Trost
Video Engineer: Steve Robinson

Courtesy of WQXR
Listen to the full broadcast archived on the WQXR website at!/story/national-youth-orchestra-united-states-america/

“Pictures At An Exhibition”
Composed by Maurice Joseph Ravel and Modest Mussorgsky
Published by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., An Imagem Company (ASCAP)

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Uploaded by National Youth Orchestra of the USA to YouTube
Date published 29 Oct 2014
Duration 00:35:14