Performed by Daniel Bautista fragment Problems playing these files? See media help. During that same year Borodin started on his Symphony No. During he composed the popular symphonic poem In the Steppes of Central Asia.
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Petersburg on November 12, , and died there on February 27, After being completed by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov, the opera received its premiere at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg on November 16, In addition to the mixed chorus, the score calls for two flutes and piccolo, two oboes and English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion bass drum, cymbals, glockenspiel, bells, snare drum, suspended cymbal, tambourine, and triangle , harp, and strings.
Duration is about 12 minutes Surely Alexander Borodin composed the best music ever written by a practicing chemist. He received a doctorate for his dissertation On the Analogy of Arsenical with Phosphoric Acid, while at the same time practicing his cello and writing some of his first chamber works.
His professional life was spent there investigating the products of the condensation of the aldehydes of valerian, enantol, and vinegar. But he led a second life as well, one that was enthusiastically supported by a group of Russian nationalist musicians including Balakirev and Musorgsky. Partly with their encouragement and support he began writing in the larger forms, producing ultimately three symphonies, two string quartets and other chamber music, piano pieces, songs, and several stage works.
The opera has had a mixed success over the years, largely because Borodin insisted on writing his own libretto and had started the composing before even clarifying some of the lines of the plot. The result is a colorful opera that now seems somewhat disjointed and that is heard outside of Russia only in occasional revivals though the Metropolitan Opera has revived it recently, a production seen worldwide in high-definition video.
This was designed as a series of entertainments for Prince Igor to pass the time while he is held captive in the camp of the great Khan. The dances are performed, in the opera house, with choruses alternating between the seductions of the slave girls and the vigorous praise of the great Khan himself.
Polovetsian dances from Prince Igor
"Polovtsian Dances" and "In the Steppes of Central Asia" in Full Score