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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (Russian: Моде́ст Петро́вич Му́соргский, 21 March [9 March in the Julian calendar] 1839 – 28 March [16 March in the Julian calendar] 1881) was a Russian composer of great originality, though almost all of his most popular works are best known in forms created by other composers, notably Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. A member of the "Russian Five" (Or 'The Mighty Handful'), Mussorgsky trained as a soldier, and then became a civil servant, though wasn't particularly successful at either. A decline fuelled by alcohol and penury resulted in his early death at the age of 42.

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In his lifetime, Mussorgksy's works were not well received, but the arrangements of his Pictures at an Exhibition (by Maurice Ravel) and A Night on Bald Mountain (by the youngest member of the Five, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov) established both as popular concert pieces, while the reputations of the original versions are also undergoing much re-evaluation. His only finished opera, Boris Godunov, is among the most popular of all Russian operas.

He is mentioned as being dead in the song "Decomposing Composers" by Michael Palin sang on Monty Python's Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album.

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