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Modest Mussorgsky 
1839 – 1881 

Modest Mussorgsky is considered to be the innovator of Russian romantic music. As a child he took piano lessons, then briefly embarked on a military career, which he completed in 1858 as a guard officer in St. Petersburg.


Subsequently, he devoted himself to music largely self-taught. From the 1860s on he had to work as a concert pianist for financial reasons and also took a position as a civil servant.


Since he was denied the appropriate recognition as a composer during his lifetime, he died impoverished and suffering from alcoholism in 1881.

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