5 Mar 2019 - 5 Mar 2019
Barry Douglas performs Mussorgsky’s most famous work 'Pictures at an Exhibition', a solo piano recit
Venue: Highlanes Gallery
Sponsor: Drogheda Classical Music Series
Admission: EUR19.00

To close the 2018/19 Drogheda Classical Music season, Belfast-born pianist Barry Douglas returns to Drogheda for his first solo piano recital here. Taking place in the unique and fitting setting of Highlanes Gallery, Barry will perform Mussorgsky’s most famous work Pictures at an Exhibition, which the composer was inspired to write after a visit to an art exhibition by his friend Viktor Hartmann.

The programme also includes Rachmaninov's Six Moments Musicaux, Op 16. Pictures at an Exhibition is a musical work in 10 movements by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky which was inspired by a visit to an art exhibition. Each of the movements represents one of the drawings or artworks on display, interspersed with a returning Promenade theme. Although originally composed in 1874 for solo piano, Pictures at an Exhibition became better known in its orchestral form, arranged by French composer Maurice Ravel in 1922.

Mussorgsky composed Pictures as a memorial to his friend, the Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, who died in 1873 at age 39. Shortly after the artist’s death, Mussorgsky visited a retrospective exhibit of Hartmann’s sketches, stage designs, and architectural studies and felt the need to capture the experience in music. By early summer 1874, he had completed the work, a lengthy and fiendishly difficult suite for solo piano. At the time of Mussorgsky’s death in 1881 from alcoholism, the piece had neither been performed nor published. It fell to his friend and colleague Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov to tidy up the manuscript and bring it to print in 1886.

Belfast-born pianist Barry Douglas shot to international fame when he won the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. He is now regarded as one of the most in-demand pianists with international orchestras. In 1999 Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland to celebrate and nurture the very best of young musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland.

Since his first appearance in Drogheda with the orchestra in 2014, Barry has built up a relationship with Drogheda Classical Music and is delighted to return for a solo piano recital. 

The Series is in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre, funded by the Arts Council and Louth County Council with sponsorship from the d hotel.    

Tickets are €19, €17 Concessions and €5 for children, with tickets from Droichead Arts Centre, click here to purchase online



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