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Scherzo in B flat major

originally for solo piano

In 1858, Musorgsky wrote two scherzos for piano—one in C sharp minor, the other in B flat major. The latter piece is presented here in an edition prepared for publication after the composer’s death by Rimsky-Korsakov. Musorgsky had, in fact, attempted an orchestration of his own with Balakirev’s help, so it is likely that Rimsky-Korsakov’s contributions are quite minimal. In any event, this is a delightful miniature in which lively, dance-like outer sections frame a quiet and melodious central theme.

from notes by Edward Johnson © 2020


Musorgsky: Pictures from an exhibition & Pictures from the Crimea
SIGCD2095Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD2095 track 23

Recording date
10 April 1992
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tim Handley
Recording engineer
Nicholas Parker
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  1. Musorgsky: Pictures from an exhibition & Pictures from the Crimea (SIGCD2095)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: July 2020
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