Alexander Borodin

Borodin, Aleksandr Porfirevich

Aleksandr Porfirevich Borodin (əlyĬksän´dər pərfē´rĬvĬch bôrôdyēn´), 1833–87, Russian composer, chemist, and physician. He studied at the academy of medicine in St. Petersburg, where he later taught chemistry. He also helped found a school of medicine for women. An amateur musician, he had little musical training, consisting mainly of study with Balakirev. His principal works are two symphonies; several fine songs; an orchestral tone poem, In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880); and an opera, Prince Igor, left unfinished, which Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov completed. It was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1890. He was one of a group of Russian nationalist composers known as The Five.

See biography by G. Abraham; V. I. Seroff, The Mighty Five (1948); M. O. Zetlin, The Five (tr. 1959).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Alexander Borodin: Selected full-text books and articles

Borodin By Serge Dianin; Robert Lord Oxford University Press, 1963
Composers on Composers By John L. Holmes Greenwood Press, 1990
Romanticism (1830-1890) By Gerald Abraham Oxford University Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "Borodin" begins on p. 714
Composers of Yesterday: A Biographical and Critical Guide to the Most Important Composers of the Past By David Ewen; David Ewen H. W. Wilson, 1937
Librarian’s tip: "Alexander Borodin 1833-1887" begins on p. 60
Letters of Composers: An Anthology, 1603-1945 By Gertrude Norman; Gertrude Norman; Miriam Shrifte Lubell; Miriam Lubell Shrifte A.A. Knopf, 1946
Librarian’s tip: "Alexander Borodin: St. Petersburg, 1834 - St. Petersburg, 1887" begins on p. 227
Russian Impact on Art By Mikhail Alpatov; Martin L. Wolf; Ivy Litvinov Philosophical Library, 1950
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Russian Music"
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