Songs and Dances of Death (Russian: Песни и пляски смерти, Pesni i plyaski smerti) is a song cycle for voice (usually bass or bass-baritone) and piano by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, written in the mid-1870s, to poems by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov, a relative of the composer.
Each song deals with death in a poetic manner although the depictions are realistic in that they reflect experiences not uncommon in 19th century Russia: child death, death in youth, drunken misadventure and war.
The song cycle is considered Mussorgsky's masterpiece in the genre.
Performances & Interviews
- Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Deathhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01zb9tw.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01zb9tw.jpg2014-05-18T14:13:00.000ZNicholas Baragwanath makes a recommendation from Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zb9vm
Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of DeathNicholas Baragwanath makes a recommendation from Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death.