Night on Bald Mountain





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Published on Nov 17, 2010

Maurice Gardner wind arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky orchestral piece. Performed by the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble November 6, 2010 in San Diego, CA.
Learn more about the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble: http://www.hillcrestwindensemble.com/
View the rest of the concert: http://www.dabanasa.com/hwe/2010Nov6/...

Program Notes:
Moussorgsky's first and only tone poem is based on an ancient Russian
legend. and was first written in 1860 as music for a play, The Witch. Bald
Mountain, near Kiev, was the gathering place of witches from all over Russia
on the night before St. John's Day (June 23); they came to celebrate a Black
Mass and dance insanely in wild revelry to gain Satan's favor. As the dance
reaches its climax, the church bells toll the coming of the dawn, breaking the
spell. A bird (solo oboe) sings of the fresh morning, while a peasant's song
(solo flute) rises from the valley below. Good triumphs over evil, the sacred
over the profane. This work received wide public exposure with its inclusion
in Walt Disney's Fantasia, juxtaposed against the Ave Maria. It is also listed
on several websites as one of the top 10 scariest classical pieces written
along with Carmina Burana.

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