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In episode 8 of Yuri!!! on Ice, Emil Nekola skates his short program to a piano piece. (This is around the eight-minute mark in the episode.) The music sounded like a classical work that I have heard before, but I was unable to place it. The most I have been able to gather is that if this is indeed a classical composition, it would have to be from the Romantic period in music at the earliest. (I also have a sense of which composers wouldn't have written something like this, but that's less useful.)

Is the music in Emil's short program an original composition? If not, what is its title and composer?

  • It seems silly that I figured this out pretty quickly after throwing out my earlier guesses for the piano piece and guessing that it was Mussorgsky, but since I didn't see anyone discuss the section of the soundtrack when I ran some preliminary searches, and since I couldn't find any useful Google results for "yuri!!! on ice" "mussorgsky" once I'd located my answer, I'll leave this here. – Maroon Dec 1 '16 at 1:51
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I found an answer after some additional guesswork and checking with some music recordings.

The piano music is an excerpt from Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, specifically "The Hut on Hen's Legs" section. The soundtrack before the episode cuts away to the end of Emil's performance clearly matches this; the piano music starts where this section of Pictures at an Exhibition begins and follows it (before the cut) without any alterations.

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