List of compositions by Modest Mussorgsky

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Modest Mussorgsky

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Category Title Translation Start End Text Basis Status Pub. Publisher
Opera Han d´Island Han of Iceland 1856 1856 Hugo Projected
Opera Эдип в Афинах Oedipus in Athens 1858 1861 Ozerov Unfinished 1883
Opera Саламбо (or Ливиец) Salammbô
(or The Libyan)
1863 1866-04-10 Flaubert Unfinished 1939 Muzgiz
Opera Женитьба Marriage 1868-06-11 1868-07-08 Gogol Unfinished 1908 Bessel
Opera Борис Годунов Boris Godunov 1868-10 1869-12-15 Pushkin Initial Version 1928 Muzsektor
Opera Бобыль The Landless Peasant 1870 1870 Spielhagen Projected
Opera Борис Годунов Boris Godunov 1871 1872-06-23 Pushkin Revision 1874 Bessel
Opera-Ballet Млада Mlada 1872 1872 Krïlov Unfinished 1931 Muzgiz
Opera Хованщина Khovanshchina 1872-06 1880 Mussorgsky Unfinished 1883 Bessel
Opera Сорочинская ярмарка Sorochintsï Fair 1874 1880 Gogol Unfinished 1916 Bessel
Opera Пугачёвщина Pugachovshchina 1877 1877 Pushkin Projected
Orchestra Скерцо B-dur Scherzo in B flat major 1858 1858 Orchestration 1883 Bessel
Orchestra Alla marcia notturna Alla marcia notturna (like a nocturnal march) 1861 1861
Orchestra Симфония D-dur Symphony in D major 1861 1862 Lost
Orchestra Иванова ночь на лысой горе St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain 1866 1867 1968
Orchestra Intermezzo symphonique in modo classico Symphonic Intermezzo in the Classic Style 1867 1867 Revision 1883 Bessel
Orchestra Подибрад чешский Podebrad of Bohemia 1867 1867 Projected
Orchestra Взятие Карса The Capture of Kars 1880 1880 1883 Bessel
Orchestra Большая сюита на среднеазиатские темы Grand Suite on Central Asian Themes (Transcaucasian Suite) 1880 1880 Projected
Piano Porte-enseigne (Polka) Porte-enseigne (Polka) 1852 1852 1852 Bernard
Piano Souvenir d'Enfance Souvenir of Childhood 1857 1857 1911 Bessel
Piano Соната Es-dur Sonata in E flat major 1858 1858 Lost
Piano Соната fis-moll Sonata in F sharp minor 1858 1858 Lost
Piano Скерцо cis-moll Scherzo in C sharp minor 1858 1858 Initial Version 1911 Bessel
Piano Скерцо cis-moll Scherzo in C sharp minor 1858 1858 Revision 1939 Muzgiz
Piano Скерцо B-dur Scherzo in B flat major 1858 1858
Piano Duet Персидский хор из оперы „Руслан и Людмила“ Persian Chorus from the Opera "Ruslan and Lyudmila" 1858 1858 Arrangement
Piano Duet Souvenir d'une nuit d'été à Madrid Souvenir of a Summer Night in Madrid 1858 1858 Arrangement
Piano Impromptu Impromptu 1859 1859 Initial Version 1939 Muzgiz
Piano Impromptu passionné Passionate Impromptu (Recollection of Beltov and Lyuba) 1859 1859 Revision 1911 Bessel
Piano Ein Kinderscherz Children's Games 1859 1859 1934 Muzgiz
Piano Duet Увертюра на темы трех русских песен Overture on the Themes of Three Russian Songs 1860 1860 Arrangement
Piano Duet Король Лир, музыка к трагедии Шекспира King Lear, music to Shakespeare's Tragedy 1860 1860 Arrangement
Piano Бетховен, Л.: Квартет для двух скрипок, альта и виолончели, Op. 59, No. 3 Andante, from String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, by Beethoven 1859 1859 Arrangement
Piano Ein Kinderscherz Children's Games 1860 1860 1873 Bitner
Piano Duet Соната C-dur Sonata in C major 1860 1860 Unfinished
Piano Preludium in modo classico Prelude in the Classic Style 1860 1860 Lost
Piano Intermezzo in modo classico Intermezzo in the Classic Style 1860 1861 Initial Version 1873 Bitner
Piano Intermezzo in modo classico Intermezzo in the Classic Style 1867 1867 Revision 1939 Muzgiz
Piano Menuet monstre Menuet monstre 1861 1861 Lost
Piano Duet Бетховен, Л.: Квартет для двух скрипок, альта и виолончели, Op. 130 Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130 1862 1862 Arrangement
Piano Грузинская песня Georgian Song 1862 1862 Arrangement 1862 Stellovsky
Piano Duet Ромео и Джульетта:
• Бал у Капулетти
• Королева Маб
Romeo and Juliet:
• Banquet at the Capulet's
• Queen Mab
1862 1862 Arrangement
Piano Из воспоминаний детсва From Memories of Childhood 1865 1865 1934 Muzgiz
Piano Дума Rêverie 1865 1865 1911 Bessel
Piano La Capricieuse La Capricieuse 1865 1865 1939 Muzgiz
Piano Бетховен, Л.: Квартет для двух скрипок, альта и виолончели, Op. 59, No. 2 Allegretto, from String Quartet in e minor, Op. 59, No. 2, by Beethoven 1867 1867 Arrangement
Piano Бетховен, Л.: Квартет для двух скрипок, альта и виолончели, Op. 131 Presto, from String Quartet in c-sharp minor, Op. 131, by Beethoven 1867 1867 Arrangement
Piano Бетховен, Л.: Квартет для двух скрипок, альта и виолончели, Op. 135 Lento and Vivace, from String Quartet in F major, Op. 135, by Beethoven 1867 1867 Arrangement
Piano Швея (скерцино) The Seamstress (Scherzino) 1871 1871 1872 Bernard
Piano Картинки с выставки Pictures from an Exhibition 1874-06-02 1874-06-22 1886 Bessel
Piano Буря на черном море Storm on the Black Sea 1879 1879 Lost
Piano На южном берегу Крыма (Гурзуф у Аю-Дага) On the Southern Shore of the Crimea (Gurzuf at Ayu-Dag) 1880 1880 1880 Bernard
Piano Близ южного берега Крыма Near the Southern Shore of the Crimea (Capriccio) 1880 1880 1880 Bernard
Piano Méditation (feuillet d'album) Meditation (album leaf) 1880 1880 1880 Bernard
Piano Une Larme A Tear 1880 1880 1880 Bernard
Piano Au Village (Quasi Fantasia) In the Village (Quasi Fantasia) 1880 1880 1882
Piano Ярмарочная сцена из оперы Сорочинская ярмарка Fair Scene from the opera Sorochintsï Fair 1880 1880 Arrangement 1939 Muzgiz
Piano Гопак веселых паробков из оперы Сорочинская ярмарка Gopak of the Merry Lads from the opera Sorochintsï Fair 1880 1880 Arrangement 1939 Muzgiz
Chorus Марш Шамиля Shamil's March 1859 1859 Projected
Chorus Поражение Сеннахериба The Destruction of Sennacherib 1866 1867 Byron Initial Version 1871 Bitner
Chorus Поражение Сеннахериба The Destruction of Sennacherib 1874 1874 Byron Revision 1939 Muzgiz
Chorus Иисус Навин Iisus Navin 1874 1877-07-02 The Bible 1883 Bessel
Chorus Three Vocalises 1880 1880
Chorus Пять Русских народных песен Five Russian Folksongs 1880 1880 Anonymous Unfinished
Song Сельская песня Rustic Song 1857 1857-04-18 Grekov Initial Version 1911 Bessel
Song Где ты, звёздочка? Where Art Thou, Little Star? 1858-06-03 1858-06-04 Grekov Orchestration
Song Где ты, звёздочка? Where Art Thou, Little Star? 1863-66 1863-66 Grekov Revision
Song Meines Herzens Sehnsucht Longing of My Heart 1858 1858-09-06 Anonymous 1907
Song Отчего, скажи, душа-девица Tell Me Gentle Maiden 1858 1858-07-31 Anonymous 1867 Iogansen
Song Весёлый час The Joyous Hour 1858-59 1858-59 Koltsov Initial Version
Song Весёлый час The Joyous Hour 1863-66 1863-66 Koltsov Revision 1923
Song Листья шумели уныло Leaves Rustled Sadly 1859 1859 Pleshcheyev 1911 Bessel
Song Что вам слова любви? What are Words of Love to You? 1860 1860 Ammosov 1923
Song Много есть у меня теремов и садов Many Are My Palaces and Gardens 1863 1863 Koltsov 1923
Song Песнь старца Old Man's Song 1863 1863-08-13 Goethe 1911 Bessel
Song Царь Саул Tsar Saul 1863 1863 Byron Initial Version
Song Царь Саул Tsar Saul 1863 1863 Byron Revision 1871 Bessel
Song Но если-бы с тобою я встретиться могла But If I Could Meet Thee Again 1863 1863-08-15 Kurochkin 1923
Song Дуют ветры, ветры буйные Wild Winds Blow 1864 1864-03-28 Koltsov 1911 Bessel
Song Калистратушка Kalistratushka 1864 1864-05-22 Nekrasov Initial Version
Song Калистрат Kalistrat 1864 1864 Nekrasov Revision
Song Ночь Night 1864 1864-04-10 Pushkin Initial Version
Song Ночь Night 1868 1868 Pushkin Revision 1871 Bessel
Song Duet Ogni sabato (Canto Popolare Toscano) Every Saturday (Tuscan Popular Song) 1864 1864 Arrangement 1931
Song Молитва A Prayer 1865 1865-02-02 Lermontov 1923
Song Отверженная (Опыт речитатива) The Outcast [Woman] (An essay in recitative) 1865 1865-06-05 Holz-Miller 1923
Song Колыбельная песня Cradle Song 1865 1865-09-05 Ostrovsky Initial version
Song Спи, усни, крестьянский сын Sleep, go to sleep, peasant son 1865 1865 Ostrovsky Revision 1871 Bessel
Song Малютка Little One 1866 1866-01-07 Pleshcheyev 1923
Song Желание Desire 1866-04-15 1866-04-16 Heine 1911
Song Из слёз моих From My Tears 1866 1866 Heine
Song Светик Савишна Darling Savishna 1866 1866-09-02 Mussorgsky 1867 Iogansen
Song Ах, ты, пьяная тетеря Ah, You Drunken Sot 1866 1866 Mussorgsky 1926
Song Семинарист The Seminarist 1866 1866 Mussorgsky 1870 Benicke
Song Гопак Gopak 1866 1866-08-31 Shevchenko Initial Version
Song Гопак Gopak 1868 1868 Shevchenko Revision 1868 Iogansen
Song Песнь Ярёмы Yaryoma's Song 1866 1866 Shevchenko Lost
Song На Днепре On the Dnieper 1879 1879-12-23 Shevchenko Revision 1888
Song Еврейская песня Hebrew Song 1867 1867-06-12 Mey 1868 Iogansen
Song Стрекотунья-белобока Magpie Whitesides 1867 1867-08-26 Pushkin 1871 Bessel
Song По грибы Gathering Mushrooms 1867 1867-08 Mey 1868 Iogansen
Song Пирушка The Banquet (or The Feast) 1867 1867-09 Koltsov 1868 Iogansen
Song Озорник The Urchin (or The Ragamuffin) 1867 1867-12-19 Mussorgsky 1871 Bessel
Song Светская сказочка (Козёл) A Society Tale (The Goat) 1867 1867-12-23 Mussorgsky 1868 Iogansen
Song По над Доном сад цветёт A Garden by the Don Blooms 1867 1867-12-23 Koltsov 1883 Bessel
Song Классик The Classicist 1867 1867-12-30 Mussorgsky 1870 Arngold
Song Сиротка The Orphan 1868 1868-04-06 Mussorgsky 1871 Bessel
Song Колыбельная Ерёмушки Yeryomushka's Lullaby 1868 1868-03-16 Nekrasov 1871 Bessel
Song Детская песенка A Child's Song 1868 1868 Mey 1871 Bessel
Song Cycle Детская The Nursery 1868 1870 Mussorgsky 1872 Bessel
Song С няней With Nanny 1868 1868-04-26 Mussorgsky Part of a cycle 1872 Bessel
Song В углу In the Corner 1870 1870-09-30 Mussorgsky Part of a cycle 1871 Bessel
Song Жук The Beetle 1870 1870-10-18 Mussorgsky Part of a cycle 1871 Bessel
Song С куклой With the Doll 1870 1870-12-18 Mussorgsky Part of a cycle 1871 Bessel
Song На сон грядущий At Bedtime 1870 1870-12-18 Mussorgsky Part of a cycle 1872 Bessel
Song Cycle На даче At the Dacha 1872 1872 Mussorgsky Unfinished 1882 Bessel
Song Поехал на палочке Ride on a Stick-Horse 1872 1872-09-15 Mussorgsky Part of a cycle 1882 Bessel
Song Кот Матрос The Cat 'Sailor' 1872 1872-08-15 Mussorgsky Part of a cycle 1882 Bessel
Song Раёк The Gallery
(The Peep-Show)
1870 1870-06-15 Mussorgsky 1871 Bessel
Song Вечерняя песенка Evening Song 1871 1871-03-15 Pleshcheyev 1912 Bessel
Song Cycle Без солнца Without Sun (or Sunless) 1874 1874-08-25 Golenishchev-Kutuzov 1874 Bessel
Song В четырех стенах Within Four Walls 1874 1874-05-07 Golenishchev-Kutuzov Part of a cycle 1874 Bessel
Song Меня в толпе ты не узнала Thou Didst Not Know Me in the Crowd 1874 1874-05-19 Golenishchev-Kutuzov Part of a cycle 1874 Bessel
Song Окончен праздный шумный день The Idle Noisy Day is Ended 1874 1874-05-20 Golenishchev-Kutuzov Part of a cycle 1874 Bessel
Song Скучай Be bored 1874 1874-06-02 Golenishchev-Kutuzov Part of a cycle 1874 Bessel
Song Элегия Elegy 1874 1874-08-19 Golenishchev-Kutuzov Part of a cycle 1874 Bessel
Song Над рекой On the River 1874 1874-08-25 Golenishchev-Kutuzov Part of a cycle 1874 Bessel
Song Забытый Forgotten 1874 1874 Golenishchev-Kutuzov 1874 Bessel
Song Надгробное письмо The Epitaph 1874 1874 Mussorgsky Unfinished 1912 Bessel
Song Крапивная Гора Nettle Mountain 1874 1874 Mussorgsky Unfinished 1939 Muzgiz
Song Cycle Песни и пляски смерти Songs and Dances of Death 1875 1877 Golenishchev-Kutuzov 1882 Bessel
Song Колыбельная Lullaby 1875 1875-04-14 Golenishchev-Kutuzov Part of a cycle 1882 Bessel
Song Серенада Serenade 1875 1875-05-11 Golenishchev-Kutuzov Part of a cycle 1882 Bessel
Song Трепак Trepak 1875 1875-02-17 Golenishchev-Kutuzov Part of a cycle 1882 Bessel
Song Полководец The Field-Marshal 1877 1877-06-05 Golenishchev-Kutuzov Part of a cycle 1882 Bessel
Song Непонятная The Misunderstood One 1875 1875-12-21 Mussorgsky 1911 Bessel
Song Не божиим громом горе ударило Not Like Thunder from Heaven 1877 1877-03-05 Tolstoy 1882 Bessel
Song Горними тихо летела душа небесами Softly the Spirit Flew up to Heaven 1877 1877-03-09 Tolstoy 1882 Bessel
Song Ой, честь ли то молодцу лён прясти Is It an Honor for a Young Man to Weave Flax? 1877 1877-03-20 Tolstoy 1882 Bessel
Song Рассевается, расступается It Scatters and Breaks 1877 1877-03-21 Tolstoy 1882 Bessel
Song Видение The Vision 1877 1877-04-07 Golenishchev-Kutuzov 1882 Bessel
Song Спесь Pride 1877-05-15 1877-05-16 Tolstoy 1882 Bessel
Song Странник The Wanderer 1878 1878 Rückert 1883 Bessel
Song Песня Мефистофеля в погребке Ауэрбаха (Песня о блохе) Mephistopheles' Song in Auerbach's Cellar (Song of the Flea) 1879 1879 Goethe 1883

Detailed List by category[edit]

Operas[edit]

Title Start End Notes
Hans of Iceland 1856 1856 Projected; to be based on the novel Han d'Islande (1823) by Victor Hugo
Oedipus in Athens 1858 1860 Unfinished; based on the tragedy Oedipus in Athens (1804) by Vladislav Ozerov
Salammbô 1863 1866 Unfinished; based on the novel Salammbô (1862) by Gustave Flaubert
Marriage 1868 1868 Unfinished; Act I only; based on the comedy Marriage (1842) by Nikolai Gogol
Boris Godunov 1868-10 1869-12-15 Original version; based on the drama Boris Godunov (1825) by Alexander Pushkin
Bobïl 1870 1870 Projected; to be based on the drama Hans und Grete (1868) by Friedrich Spielhagen; Marfa's Divination from Khovanshchina derives from sketches for this work
Boris Godunov 1871 1872 Revised version; based on the drama Boris Godunov (1825) by Alexander Pushkin; minor revisions in 1873
Mlada 1872 1872 Unfinished; libretto by Viktor Krïlov; collaborative work with Cui, Minkus, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Borodin;
Khovanshchina 1872 1880 Unfinished; libretto by Mussorgsky; based on historical accounts
Sorochintsï Fair 1874 1880 Unfinished; based on the short story Sorochintsï Fair, from Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka (1832) by Nikolai Gogol
Pugachovshchina 1877 1877 Projected; possibly to be based on the novel The Captain's Daughter (1836) by Alexander Pushkin

Orchestral works[edit]

Title Start End Notes
Scherzo in B flat major 1858 1858 Originally for piano
Alla marcia notturna 1861 1861
Symphony in D major 1861 1862 Lost, unfinished: Andante, Scherzo, and Finale only
St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain 1867 1867 Tone poem; recast for orchestra and chorus as 'Glorification of Chornobog' for inclusion in the collaborative opera Mlada (1872), and again as 'Dream Vision of the Peasant Lad' in the opera Sorochintsï Fair (1880)
Intermezzo symphonique in modo classico 1867 1867 Originally for piano; trio added
Podebrad of Bohemia 1867 1867 Projected; based on the life of George of Poděbrady
The Capture of Kars (March) 1880 1880 Occasional piece commemorating the Siege of Kars (1855)
Transcaucasian Suite 1880 1880 Projected; for orchestra, harps, and piano

Piano works[edit]

Title Start End Notes
Porte-enseigne (Polka) 1852 1852
Souvenir of Childhood 1857 1857 Edition by V. Karatygin (1911)
Sonata in E flat major 1858 1858 Lost; unfinished: Scherzo and Finale only
Sonata in F sharp minor 1858 1858 Lost
Scherzo in C sharp minor 1858 1858 Edition by V. Karatygin (1911)
Scherzo in B flat major 1858 1858 Orchestrated
Souvenir of a Night in Madrid 1858 1858 Arrangement of the fantasia on Spanish themes Souvenir d'une nuit d'été à Madrid (1848) by Mikhail Glinka for piano four hands
Passionate Impromptu (Recollection of Beltov and Lyuba) 1859 1859 Inspired by the novel Who is to Blame? (1847) by Aleksandr Gertsen (Herzen)
King Lear, Music to Shakespeare's Tragedy 1859 1860 Arrangement for piano four hands of the overture and entr'actes to the incidental music King Lear by Mily Balakirev
Andante, from String Quartet in C major 1859 1859 Arrangement for piano solo of the 2nd movement of the String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Children's Games 1859 1859 Original version
Children's Games 1860 1860 Revised version
Overture on Three Russian Themes 1860 1860 Arrangement of the Overture on the Themes of Three Russian Songs (1858) by Miliy Balakirev
Sonata in C major 1860 1860 Unfinished; for piano four hands; Allegro and Scherzo only; scherzo based on Scherzo in c sharp minor (1858)
Prelude in the Classic Style 1860 1860 Lost
Intermezzo in the Classic Style 1860 1861 Orchestrated (1867)
Menuet Monstre 1861 1861 Lost
Georgian Song 1862 1862 Arrangement of the orchestral accompaniment to the song by Miliy Balakirev
String Quartet in B flat major 1862 1862 Arrangement for 2 pianos, 8 hands, of the String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130, by Ludwig van Beethoven; finale incomplete
From Memories of Childhood 1865 1865
Rêverie 1865 1865 On a theme by V. Loginov
La Capricieuse 1865 1865 On a theme by L. Geyden (Heyden)
Allegretto, from String Quartet in e minor 1867 1867 Arrangement for piano solo of the 3rd movement of the String Quartet in e minor, Op. 59, No. 2, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Presto, from String Quartet in c-sharp minor 1867 1867 Arrangement for piano solo of the 5th movement of the String Quartet in c-sharp minor, Op. 131, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Vivace and Lento, from String Quartet in F major 1867 1867 Arrangement for piano solo of the 2nd and 3rd movements of the String Quartet in F major, Op. 135, by Ludwig van Beethoven
The Seamstress (Scherzino) 1871 1871
Pictures from an Exhibition 1874 1874 Edition by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1886)
Storm on the Black Sea 1879 1879 Lost
On the Southern Shore of the Crimea (Gurzuf at Ayu-Dag) 1880 1880 Inspired by a visit to Gurzuf at Ayu-Dag in the Crimea
Near the Southern Shore of the Crimea (Capriccio) 1880 1880 Also known as the Baydarki Capriccio
Meditation (album leaf) 1880 1880
A Tear 1880 1880
In the Village (Quasi Fantasia) 1880 1880
Fair Scene from the opera Sorochintsï Fair 1880 1880 Arrangement of the Fair Scene from Sorochintsï Fair (1880)
Gopak of the Merry Lads from the opera Sorochintsï Fair 1880 1880 Arrangement of the Gopak from Sorochintsï Fair (1880)

Choral works[edit]

Title Start End Notes
Shamil's March 1859 1859 Projected; for tenor, baritone, chorus, and orchestra
The Destruction of Sennacherib 1866 1867 Original version; for chorus and orchestra; based on The Destruction of Sennacherib from Hebrew Melodies (1815)
The Destruction of Sennacherib 1874 1874 Revised version; for chorus and orchestra; based on The Destruction of Sennacherib from Hebrew Melodies (1815)
Iisus Navin 1874 1877-07-02 Also known as Joshua; for alto, baritone, chorus, and piano
Three Vocalises 1880 1880 For three-part female voices
Five Russian Folksongs 1880 1880 For four-part male voices; No.4 with 2 solo tenors; No.5 incomplete

Songs[edit]

Title Start End Notes
Rustic Song 1857 1857-04-18 Original version of the song Where Art Thou, Little Star? (1863–1866); based on a text by Nikolay Grekov; orchestrated on 1858-06-03
Where Art Thou, Little Star? 1858-06-03 1858-06-04 Orchestrated version of the song Rustic Song (1857); based on a text by Nikolay Grekov
Thou Longing of My Heart 1858 1858 Based on a text by an anonymous author; German text; a wedding present for Malvina Bamberg, César Cui's bride; manuscript lost; published in 1907
Tell Me, Gentle Maiden 1858 1858 Based on a text by an anonymous author
The Joyous Hour 1858 1859 Original version, revised in 1859; based on a text by Aleksey Koltsov
Leaves Rustled Sadly 1859 1859 Original version, revised in 1863-1866; based on a text by Aleksey Pleshcheyev
What Are Words of Love to You? 1860 1860 Original version, revised in 1863-1866; based on a text by A. Ammosov
The Joyous Hour 1863 1866 Revised version, originally composed in 1858-1859; based on a text by Koltsov; published in Paris (1923)
Leaves Rustled Sadly 1863 1866 Revised version, original composed in 1859; based on a text by Aleksey Pleshcheyev
What Are Words of Love to You? 1863 1866 Revised version, original version composed in 1860; based on a text by A. Ammosov; published in Paris (1923)
Many Are My Palaces and Gardens 1863 1863 Based on a text by Koltsov
Old Man's Song 1863 1863 Also known as The Harper's Song; based on An die Türen will ich schleichen from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (Bk.5, Ch.14) by Goethe
Tsar Saul 1863 1863 Based on Warriors and Chiefs (Song of Saul before His Last Battle) from Hebrew Melodies (1815) by Byron, translated by Kozlov
But If I Could Meet Thee Again 1863 1863 Based on a text by Kurochkin
Where Art Thou, Little Star? 1863-66 1863-66 Revised version of the song Rustic Song (1858); based on a text by Nikolay Grekov
The Winds Blow, the Wild Winds 1864 1864 Based on a text by Koltsov; published in Paris (1909)
Night 1864 1864 Original version, revised in 1868; based on a text by Pushkin;
Kalistratushka 1864 1864 Original version of the song Kalistrat; based on a text by Nikolay Nekrasov
Kalistrat 1864 1864 Revised version of the song Kalistratushka; based on a text by Nikolay Nekrasov;
Every Saturday (Tuscan Popular Song) 1864 1864 Arrangement of the song Ogni sabato avreti il lume acceso (1853) by Gordigiani; for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and piano
A Prayer 1865 1865 Based on a text by Lermontov
The Outcast [Woman] (An essay in recitative) 1865 1865 Based on a text by Holz-Miller
Cradle Song 1865 1865 Original version of Sleep, Go to Sleep, Peasant Son; based on a text by Ostrovsky
Sleep, Go to Sleep, Peasant Son 1865 1865 Revised version of Cradle Song; based on a text by Ostrovsky
Little One 1866 1866-01-07 Based on a text by Pleshcheyev
Desire 1866-04-15 1866-04-16 Based on a text by Heine, Ich wollt' meine Schmerzen ergössen
From My Tears 1866 1866 Based on a text by Heine, Aus meinen Tränen
Darling Savishna 1866 1866 Text by Mussorgsky
Ah, You Drunken Sot 1866 1866 Text by Mussorgsky
The Seminarist 1866 1866 Text by Mussorgsky
Hopak 1866 1866 Original version, revised in 1868; based on the epic poem Gaydamaki (1841) by Shevchenko, translated by Mey
Yaryoma's Song 1866 1866 Lost; original version of On the Dnieper; based on the epic poem Gaydamaki (1841) by Shevchenko, translated by Mey
Hebrew Song 1867 1867 Based on a text by Mey
Magpie Whitesides 1867 1867 Based on a text by Pushkin
Gathering Mushrooms 1867 1867 Based on a text by Mey
The Banquet (or The Feast) 1867 1867 Based on a text by Koltsov
The Urchin (or The Ragamuffin) 1867 1867 Text by Mussorgsky
A Society Tale (The Goat) 1867 1867 Text by Mussorgsky
A Garden by the Don Blooms 1867 1867-12-23 Ballad; composed 23 December 1867 in Saint Petersburg; based on a text by Koltsov; published in 1883 by Bessel
The Classicist 1867 1867-12-30 Musical pamphlet ("In response to a remark by [Aleksandr] Famintsïn regarding the heresy of the Russian school"); composed 30 December 1867 in Saint Petersburg; text by Mussorgsky; published in 1870 by Arngold; dedicated to Nadezhda Opochinin
Night 1868 1868 Revised version, original composed in 1864; based on a text by Pushkin;
Hopak 1868 1868 Revised version, original composed in 1866; orchestrated; based on the epic poem Gaydamaki (1841) by Shevchenko, translated by Mey
The Orphan 1868 1868 Text by Mussorgsky
Yeryomushka's Lullaby 1868 1868 Based on a text by Nekrasov
A Child's Song 1868 1868 Based on a text by Mey
The Nursery 1868 1872 Text by Mussorgsky; cycle of 7 songs
With Nanny 1868 1868-04-26 Text by Mussorgsky; part of The Nursery
In the Corner 1870 1870-09-30 Text by Mussorgsky; part of The Nursery
The Beetle 1870 1870-10-18 Text by Mussorgsky; part of The Nursery
With the Doll 1870 1870-12-18 Text by Mussorgsky; part of The Nursery
Going to Sleep 1870 1870 Text by Mussorgsky; part of The Nursery
The Peep-Show 1870 1870 Text by Mussorgsky; satire
Evening Song 1871 1871 Based on a text by Pleshcheyev
At the Dacha 1872 1881 Text by Mussorgsky; unfinished cycle of songs; the two songs completed were later included in The Nursery
Ride on a Stick-Horse 1872 1872-09-15 Text by Mussorgsky; part of At the Dacha
The Cat 'Sailor' 1872 1872-08-15 Text by Mussorgsky; part of At the Dacha
Without Sun (or Sunless) 1874 1874 Based on a text by Golenishchev-Kutuzov; cycle of 6 songs
Within Four Walls 1874 1874 Based on a text by Golenishchev-Kutuzov; part of Without Sun
Thou Didst Not Know Me in the Crowd 1874 1874 Based on a text by Golenishchev-Kutuzov; part of Without Sun
The Idle Noisy Day is Ended 1874 1874 Based on a text by Golenishchev-Kutuzov; part of Without Sun
Boredom (or Ennui) 1874 1874 Based on a text by Golenishchev-Kutuzov; part of Without Sun
Elegy 1874 1874 Based on a text by Golenishchev-Kutuzov; part of Without Sun
Over the River 1874 1874 Based on a text by Golenishchev-Kutuzov; part of Without Sun
Forgotten 1874 1874 Based on a text by Golenishchev-Kutuzov; inspired by the painting Forgotten (1872) by Vasiliy Vereshchagin
Evil Death (The Epitaph) 1874 1874 Text by Mussorgsky; unfinished
Nettle Mountain 1874-08-10 1874 Text by Mussorgsky; unfinished; satire
Songs and Dances of Death 1875 1877 Based on a text by Arseniy Golenishchev-Kutuzov; cycle of 4 songs
Lullaby 1875 1875 Based on a text by Arseniy Golenishchev-Kutuzov; part of Songs and Dances of Death
Serenade 1875 1875 Based on a text by Arseniy Golenishchev-Kutuzov; part of Songs and Dances of Death
Trepak 1875 1875 Based on a text by Arseniy Golenishchev-Kutuzov; part of Songs and Dances of Death
The Misunderstood One 1875 1875-12-21 Text by Mussorgsky
The Field-Marshal 1877 1877 Based on a text by Arseniy Golenishchev-Kutuzov; part of Songs and Dances of Death
Not Like Thunder From Heaven 1877 1877 Based on a text by Aleksey Tolstoy
Softly the Spirit Flew up to Heaven 1877 1877 Based on a text by Aleksey Tolstoy
Pride 1877 1877 Based on a text by Aleksey Tolstoy
Is It an Honor for a Young Man to Weave Flax? 1877 1877 Based on a text by Aleksey Tolstoy
It Scatters and Breaks 1877 1877 Based on a text by Aleksey Tolstoy
The Vision 1877 1877 Based on a text by Golenishchev-Kutuzov
The Wanderer 1878 1878 Based on Abendlied des Wanderers by Rückert, translated by Pleshcheyev
On the Dnieper 1879 1879 Revised version of Yaryoma's Song; based on the epic poem Gaydamaki (1841) by Shevchenko, translated by Mey
Mephistopheles' Song in Auerbach's Cellar (Song of the Flea) 1879 1879 Based on Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy (1808) by Goethe, translated by Strugovshchikov

Opus numbers[edit]

The columns 'category' and 'notes' are added for the convenience of the reader.

Opus Category Works Composer's remarks Notes
Op. 1
Various •Kinderscherz (1859)
•Scherzo in B flat major (1859)
•Intermezzo (1861)
•Scherzino (1872)
Op. 2
Choral •The Destruction of Sennacherib (1867)
•Iisus Navin (1866)
Op. 3
Songs •Hopak (1866)
•Gathering Mushrooms (1867)
•Yeryomushka's Lullaby (1868)
•The Peasant's Lullaby (1865)
•The Orphan(1868)
•The Goat(1867)
Op. 4
Songs •The Ragamuffin (1868)
•The Seminarist (1866)
•Darling Savishna (1866)
Op. 5
Songs •Night (1864)
•King Saul (1863)
•The Feast (1867)
•Jewish Song (1867)
•The Magpie (1867)
•A Child's Song (1868)
Op. 6
Song Album The Nursery (1868-1869):
•With Nanny
•In the Corner
•The Beetle
•At Bedtime
•With the Doll
Op. 7
Opera Marriage (1868) "An act of Gogol's Marriage"
Op. 8
Songs •The Classicist (1867)
•The Gallery (1869)
Op. 9
Opera Boris Godunov (1868-1872)
Op. 10
Opera Mlada (1873):
•Market Scene
•March of the Princes and Priests
•Glorification of Chornobog
"Scenes from the opera Mlada (not an opera of mine)"
Op. 11
Piano Pictures from an Exhibition (1874) "In memory of Hartmann"
Op. 12
Song Album Without Sun (1874) "Album of six poems by Count Golenishchev-Kutuzov"
-
Opera Salammbô (1864-1865) "Studies for the opera Salammbô after Flaubert"
-
Song Ride on a Hobby-horse (1873)
-
Song The Old Believer's Song (1874)
-
Song Forgotten (1874) "After Vereshchagin"
-
Song The Nettle Mountain
-
Opera Khovanshchina (1874) "Materials for the opera Khovanshchina (a national music drama)"

References[edit]

  • Abraham, G., "Modest Musorgsky" in The New Grove: Russian Masters 1, New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1986)
  • Calvocoressi, M.D., Abraham, G., Mussorgsky, 'Master Musicians' Series, London: J.M.Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1946
  • Calvocoressi, M. D., Modest Mussorgsky: His Life and Works, London: Rockliff, 1956
  • Gordeyeva, Ye. (editor), Kazakova, N. (works list) M. P. Musorgskiy: Letters, 2nd edition, Moscow: Music (publisher), 1984 [Гордеева, Е., М. П. Мусоргский: Письма, Москва: Музыка, 1984]
  • Taruskin, R., Musorgsky: Eight Essays and an Epilogue, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1993
  • Unknown compiler, notes to Moussorgsky: Integrale des Melodies CD recording by Boris Christoff, EMI Records Ltd, 1989