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Borodin, Alexander    1834-1887    Russia

       On the Steppes of Central Asia (Borodin)

1    First theme, in its first entrance by the clarinets. (On the Steppes of Central Asia)


2    Second theme, on the English horn.

       Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor (Borodin)

1    Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor - introductory theme on flutes


2    The first main theme (and most well-known fragment 'Stranger in paradise') is the Gliding Dance of the Maidens, introduced by the oboe, with the harp in the background, then joined by clarinets and bassoons, then taken up by the strings.


3    The second theme is the Wild Dance of the Men, a sort of dervish, with extremely rapid clarinet passages, later joined by oboes and bassoons, then by violins.


4    The third theme is a General Dance, dramatically introduced by the timpani, then tutti. At this point in the opera, a chorus sung praises to the tribe's Glorious Khan.


5    The fourth theme is a slow chromatic tune on the strings, which later acts as a counter-melody to the General Dance.


   String Quartet No.2 in A
       String Quartet No.2 in A 1st movement (Borodin)

1    String Quartet No 2 in A 1st Movt

       String Quartet No.2 in A 2nd movement (Borodin)

1    High rapid string passages open this movement.


2    This is the alluring tune copied in the pop song "Bangles, Baubles, and Beads".

       String Quartet No.2 in A 3rd movement (Borodin)

1    This famous ravishing tune is generally called "Borodin's Nocturne". It is introduced by the cello, but later taken up by the violin at a soaring height! N.B. The ornaments have been removed , to ease the theme look-up process.

       String Quartet No.2 in A 4th movement (Borodin)

1    String Quartet No 2 in A 4th Movt


   Symphony No.1 in Eb
       Symphony No.1 in Eb 1st movement (Borodin)

1    main theme

       Symphony No.1 in Eb 2nd movement (Borodin)

1    Rapid triplets on the strings.

       Symphony No.1 in Eb 3rd movement (Borodin)

1    main tune

       Symphony No.1 in Eb 4th movement (Borodin)

1    main tune


   Symphony No.2 in B minor
       Symphony No.2 in B minor 1st movement (Borodin)

1    A very dramatic and dark opening to this symphony.

       Symphony No.2 in B minor 2nd movement (Borodin)

1    first theme

       Symphony No.2 in B minor 3rd movement (Borodin)

1    first theme

       Symphony No.2 in B minor 4th movement (Borodin)

1    First theme


   Symphony No.3 in A minor
       Symphony No.3 in A minor 1st movement (Borodin)

1    first theme

       Symphony No.3 in A minor 2nd movement (Borodin)

1    first theme

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