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Mozart's Attic - Thursday, Aug. 27th at 10:00 pm

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

It doesn't happen often in the Classical world, but once in a while a piece of music gets re-arranged (or metamorphosed) into a version so successful that the original almost becomes forgotten.

This is what happened to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Maurice Ravel orchestrated Mussorgsky's score and the work became so popular that many never even knew that it was written as a solo piano piece.

This week we'll take a look at what happened, and then we'll hear "Pictures" as Mussorgsky intended it.

Then it's off to Venice for the pomp and ceremony of the Cathedral, contrasted with the workaday artistry of student orchestra composer Antonio Vivaldi.

Haydn's Emperor Quartet is next, and we close the attic with a vaudeville by Benjamin Britten.

Thursday night at 10 pm only on 89.5 FM WFIT.

Originally from central Massachusetts, Jay has called the Space Coast home for more than 30 years. He began his association with WFIT in the late '90s as a dumpster diver for office furniture in response to a broadcast plea for a new chair from a frustrated disc jockey. (WFIT has come a long way since.)