Sorochinsky Fair (The Gopak)


Mussorgsky, M


1 min 37 secs


Principal flute/piccolo, 3 other flutes, 2 oboes, Principal clarinet, 3 other clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 alto saxes, tenor sax baritone sax
2 French Horns, Principal trumpet, 3 other trumpets, flugel horn, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium and tuba
String bass





Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, 1839 – 1881, was one of a group of five composers that had a profound influence on classical music. Trained as a pianist, his early career was in the army following family tradition. Various older mentors encouraged Mussorgsky to branch out from piano music into orchestral. From this period comes the opera Boris Godunov. In his later years, the much played and loved, Pictures at an Exhibition appeared alongside Night on a Bald Mountain. The Fair at Sorochinski was also a later work, an opera that remained incomplete at his death. It is from this work that The Gopak is taken.

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