Friday, June 16, 2006

Alexander Borodin and an announcement

Though immensely talented as a composer, Alexander Borodin was a well-known chemist by trade, and saw composing as a fun little diversion. This is unfortunate, because Borodin's musical output is relatively small, leaving you wanting more. His most famous compositions are his second string quartet, the opera Prince Igor, and his second symphony.
Borodin was a member of the Mighty Handful of Russian nationalist composers, and this symphony is indeed very Russian, especially the first movement. He always had a flair for writing beautiful melodies- the first movement and nocturne from his second quartet come to mind- and one of the most beautiful appears in the third movement of this symphony, an altered folk tune with a gracefully shifting meter.

Alexander Borodin- Symphony No. 2
Rotterdam Phil., Valery Gergiev

There's a reason I posted the Borodin symphony. I will be playing this entire thing very soon, as part of the Northwestern High School Music Institute(I'm only 17). I'll be on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Ill. for a good five weeks, starting Wednesday, so Masterfade will be on a rather long break. That is, unless anybody else decides to post again.

I will try and post once more before I leave, but if I don't, thanks for your support and interest in this little blog.


At June 17, 2006, Blogger jeff said...

thanks and good for you.

At June 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck with your performance.

At June 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You and Good Luck.

At June 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry about the lapse in posting sam but i just got a new isp so i should be able to actually do some more easily soon...

At June 30, 2006, Blogger marxbert said...

good luck on the performance as well, sam.

good to see that the youth of today has good taste in music. ah, at 16 and 17, I was just beginning to find out about Philip Glass, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich. I'm 22 now, and my love for this music only grows every day.

Thanks for everything. See you around in a few months.

At July 12, 2006, Blogger San said...

This blog is just perfect. Thanks!

At July 16, 2006, Blogger Carla Regina said...

I´d rather sending you an email, but I couldn´t find your adress. All I wanna say is: Great Blog. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and your music with other people!

At July 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little blog?

It´s a big blog!


One million thanks, not just for the music, but for the information either.

I´ll keep visiting you from Brazil!

At July 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude! awesome! i'll be attending northwestern university class of 2010 this yr. sweet deal. maybe i'll see u sometimes.

At August 09, 2006, Anonymous Márcio said...

Hey, it's me again!

Could you post the 1st Borodin Symphony?
I believe you got the 2nd from this CD: Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 1 in E Flat/Symphony No. 2 in B Minor - Polygram???

Hope to hear this!

At August 09, 2006, Anonymous Márcio said...

Sorry... Philips!

At October 01, 2006, Blogger Annallon said...

hope the performance went well. ;)

Im a metaller listener but Im looking to expand my music tastes. So Im asking if you could recommend some links to a person who is fairly new to classical music. ;) Many thanks! ;) And thanks for this link, will be checking it out!


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