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Moussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition - Bydlo (The Ox Cart)

Composer
Moussorgsky
Year of composition
1874
Arranger
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Solo instrument
Instrumental parts
Not available

Bydlo was intended as a musical visualization of an approaching and passing ox-drawn cart. The chord progressions and dynamics of this piece demonstrate the genius of the composer and is a personal favorite.

The presentation here highlights the piece as independent rather than part of the complex score. An attempt is made to capture the sense of drama not only of the passing ox cart but of the composer’s possible mood as he may have contemplated the loss of his close friend and artist, Victor Hartmann.

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