I set out to create an "easy" arrangement for brass band of this famous piece; a Russian classic, and yet made (by a Frenchman) memorably Ukrainian.
I decided to bring it down by a fourth from the original key, and also to put it into 2/4 to make it more easily readable. I tried to stick as close as I could to Ravel's orchestration. That proved easier said than done. But I came away with two take home messages.
One, Modest Mussorgsky composed a fine piece of music.
And two, the genius Maurice Ravel used it to create one of the greatest musical treasures ever written.