Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is probably the most arranged and recorded piece of music to have ever been composed—with over 400 arrangements and well over 1000 recorded performances. Composer and music archivist, David DeBoor Canfield, formed a Pictures at an Exhibition association in 2006 with the aim of compiling a database of known arrangements and recordings and promoting the evolving history of Mussorgsky’s musical idea.

The association became known as IKVA, borrowing the acronym from the original (transliterated) Russian title of the work: Kartinki s Vystavki  translating closely to Pictures from an Exhibition.

IKVA  started it’s existence as an email-group. Our hope is that the association will go beyond an emailing group and become part of the wider internet dialog. This page is therefore dedicated to expanding the dialog on Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

If you would like to receive the IKVA newsletters, please send Dave Canfield an email at and let him know that you would like to become a member of emailing group.

Alternatively you can check back here for updates on the IKVA.


Kartinki s Vystavki


International Kartinki s Vystavki Association (IKVA)

Date: 11 April 2010

Pictures at an Exhibition

International Kartinki s Vystavki Association

          (Pictures from an Exhibition)

Date: 11 April 2010

Date: 26 April 2010

IKVA Database


Click on the links below to find all the known arrangements and recordings on the IKVA Database. If you know of any arrangements or recordings that you would like to see on the database, either contact us on, or :





Film and Video Usage

Music based on Pictures at an Exhibition