Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

On this day,

November 12, 1833

Russian chemist and Romantic musical composer

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

[Александр Порфирьевич Бородин]

was born

Portrait of Borodin by Ilya Repin

Borodin was one of the prominent 19th-century composers known as “The Mighty Handful”,

a group dedicated to producing a uniquely Russian kind of classical music,

rather than imitating earlier Western European models.

Borodin is known best for his symphonies, his two string quartets,

the symphonic poem In the Steppes of Central Asia and his opera Prince Igor.

❝ I am a composer in search of oblivion; and I’m always slightly ashamed to admit that I compose.

With a hinted dawn, press play to listen…

Prince Igor • Overture

Orchestra: The London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti

The Sixteen Songs • For The Shores Of Your Far Homeland

Bass Vocals: Nicolai Ghiaurov
Piano: Zlatina Ghiaurov

Symphony No. 1 In E Flat Major • Andante

Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


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16 replies »

  1. Ah I always feel particular warmth towards Borodin as he never composed except in his free time or when ill. He considered being a chemist is ‘proper’ work. His friends reputedly used to beg him to get ill so he would write some more beautiful music. Bless him!

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