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Aleksandr Porfir'evich Borodin

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Порфи́рьевич Бороди́н, IPA: [ɐlʲɪkˈsandr pɐrˈfʲi rʲjɪvʲɪtɕ bərɐˈdʲin] (listen); 12 November 1833 – 27 February 1887) was a Russian chemist and Romantic musical composer of Georgian ancestry. He 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. Music from Prince Igor and his string quartets was later adapted for the US musical Kismet.

A doctor and chemist by profession, Borodin made important early contributions to organic chemistry. Although he is presently known better as a composer, during his lifetime, he regarded medicine and science as his primary occupations, only practising music and composition in his spare time or when he was ill. As a chemist, Borodin is known best for his work concerning organic synthesis, including being among the first chemists to demonstrate nucleophilic substitution, as well as being the co-discoverer of the aldol reaction. Borodin was a promoter of education in Russia and founded the School of Medicine for Women in Saint Petersburg, where he taught until 1885.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 12th, 1833 (Saint Petersburg), Died February 27th, 1887 (Saint Petersburg)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-20258 10-in. 7/27/1917 Coro di donne Tartare Metropolitan Opera Chorus Female vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-20259 10-in. 7/27/1917 Prince Igor : Coro e danza Metropolitan Opera Chorus Vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-24631 10-in. 10/18/1920 Polovetzki dances nos. 1 & 2 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor C-25916 12-in. 12/21/1921 Nocturne Flonzaley Quartet String quartet composer  
Victor C-26118 12-in. 2/13/1922 Polovetzki dances, no. 2 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-27091 10-in. 3/16/1927 Song of Prince Galitsky Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-27091 10-in. 11/22/1922 Recitative and air of Prince Galitsky Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-32550 12-in. 4/29/1925 Polovetzki dance Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-43632 12-in. 4/13/1928 Hamlet's soliloquy John Barrymore Recitation, with string quartet and traps composer  
Victor CVE-43726 12-in. 4/12/1928 Arioso of Yaroslavna Nina Koshetz Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-98394 10-in. 12/23/1935 Scherzo Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano solo composer  
Victor CS-06614 12-in. 3/9/1937 Dance of the Polovetzki maidens Victor Babin ; Vitya Vronsky Piano duet composer  
Victor CS-06615 12-in. 3/9/1937 Dance of the Polovetzki maidens Victor Babin ; Vitya Vronsky Piano duet composer  
Victor CS-07559 12-in. 4/5/1937 Dances of the Polovetzki maidens Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-07560 12-in. 4/5/1937 Dances of the Polovetzki maidens Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-07561 12-in. 4/5/1937 Dances of the Polovetzki maidens Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-07562 12-in. 4/5/1937 Dances of the Polovetzki maidens Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Columbia 48674 12-in. 4/4/1916 Polovetsian dance and ensemble Harling Mixed Quartet Mixed vocal quartet composer  
Columbia 48739 12-in. ca. 1916 Prince Igor : March of the opera Symphony Orcherstra [Columbia Records] Orchestra composer  
Columbia 98024 12-in. 4/14/1922 Prince Igor Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 98100 12-in. 11/7/1923 Quartet in D major : Nocturne London String Quartet String quartet composer  
Columbia 6561 12-in. approximately 1915 Prince Igor Beecham Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 6562 12-in. approximately 1915 Prince Igor Beecham Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 6601 12-in. approximately 1915 Prince Igor Beecham Symphony Orchestra ; Thomas Beecham Orchestra composer  
Columbia 75217 12-in. 11/13/1922 Quartet in D major : Nocturne Léner Quartet String quartet composer  
(Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Borodin, Aleksandr Porfir'evich," accessed October 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102921.

Borodin, Aleksandr Porfir'evich. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102921.

"Borodin, Aleksandr Porfir'evich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102921

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