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Alexander Borodin

a.k.a. Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Author Code: RAPB

Born: Nov. 12, 1833 - St. Petersburg, Russia

Died: Feb. 27, 1887 - St. Petersburg, Russia

The illegitimate son of Prince Gedanov of Georgia, Borodin was given the surname of one of his father's serfs. Well-educated from an early age, he developed an interest in music and composed a polka when he was only nine. At the same time, he had developed an avid interest in chemistry. He entered the Medico-Surgical Academy in 1850 and graduated in 1856. He then became the house surgeon for a military hospital. In 1857, he travelled to Belgium and France and presented a paper, On the Action of Ethyl-iodide on Hydrobenzamide and Amarine, to the Russian Academy of Sciences, which was published in their bulletin. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1858, being the first to defend his dissertation in Russian rather than Latin. He never practised medicine due to an adverse feeling at the sight of blood. During these years he became close friends with Modest Mussorgsky. He moved to Heidelberg and worked with Erlenmeyer, the famous German chemist and he continued his travels throughout Europe. In 1861, he met Ekaterina Protopopova, an accomplished pianist, who would strongly influence Borodin's future musical direction. They married in 1863 and settled in St. Petersburg. Throughout Borodin's life, his career was divided between being a professional chemist and an amateur, but highly gifted, composer. It wasn't until the 1870's that he devoted more time to composing, although he had produced his First Symphony in E Flat in 1867. His most famous piece, the opera Prince Igor, was completed and orchestrated by his close friends Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov after his sudden death in 1887. Borodin produced two further symphonies, the opera-farce The Bogatirs (1867), two string quartets, and a number of other chamber works and songs. Today, Borodin is remembered more for his music than his contribution to chemistry, which was substantial.

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
RAPB001 Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 1 - In The Monastery (Au Couvent) 1885 4 1287k Music Score Download PDF - 'Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 1 - In The Monastery (Au Couvent)' (RAPB001)
RAPB002 Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 2 - Intermezzo 1885 5 1865k Music Score Download PDF - 'Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 2 - Intermezzo' (RAPB002)
RAPB003 Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 3 - Mazurka 1885 6 2307k Music Score Download PDF - 'Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 3 - Mazurka' (RAPB003)
RAPB004 Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 4 - Mazurka 1885 6 2234k Music Score Download PDF - 'Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 4 - Mazurka' (RAPB004)
RAPB005 Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 5 - Reverie 1885 2 528k Music Score Download PDF - 'Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 5 - Reverie' (RAPB005)
RAPB006 Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 6 - Serenade 1885 4 1429k Music Score Download PDF - 'Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 6 - Serenade' (RAPB006)
RAPB007 Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 7 - Notturno 1885 4 1370k Music Score Download PDF - 'Petite Suite - Op. 1 No. 7 - Notturno' (RAPB007)
RAPB008 Scherzo in A Sharp 1885 11 3242k Music Score Download PDF - 'Scherzo in A Sharp' (RAPB008)

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