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ALEXANDER BORODIN
[1833 - 1887]

Allegro in D minor (1861)

arranged for symphony orchestra by Mark Starr
from Borodin's unfinished composition for string sextet



link to biography of Borodin




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The
Allegro in D minor is one of of two movements from an early unfinished string sextet, salvaged from Borodin's papers after his untimely death at the age of 54. Borodin composed the two movements in 1861, when he was 28 years old. The influence of Mendelssohn is audibly apparent in this piece, but so is Borodin's nationalism and his use of themes that sound like Russian folk songs. Most striking of all is the complete mastery with which the young composer handled the dense polyphony and large-scale form.

It is not known why Borodin abandoned this exhuberhant sextet in mid-stream. Perhaps he realized that a string sextet was too small an instrumental ensemble to contain the explosive musical energy of this work. Here is music that cries out for the varied color and full dynamic range of a symphony orchestra.

Mark Starr's orchestral arrangement of this work is available on rental from Noteworthy Musical Editions as a separate work -- and as such, it makes for a delightful overture to begin an orchestral concert.  This arrangement is also available as part of a six-movement orchestral suite called
Borodiniana, fashioned by Mr. Starr from six diverse, little-known movements found among Borodin's oeuvre mostly unpublished in his lifetime..  The full Borodinana Suite comprises the following movments:

1. Allegro in D minor
2. Helene Polka
3. Scherzo in A-flat
4. Andantino in E minor
5. Serenata alla spagnola on the name of Belaiev
6. Grande Tarantella

ORCHESTRA (for the Allegro in D minor)

piccolo
2 flutes
2 oboes
English horn
2 clarinets
bass clarinet
2 bassoons
1 contrabassoon

4 horns
2 trumpets

timpani

strings

duration: 5 minutes

The full score of this arrangement is available for perusal, audition, purchase, downloading and printing on the website www.sibeliusmusiccom.  To jump to the sheet music online, please click on the following link:

link to full score for symphony orchestra on www.sibeliusmusic.com

To display the score on your computer screen -- while listening to a MIDI performance of the music -- one must first download Sibelius' web music viewer, called Scorch.  Scorch is available free-of-charge on the sibeliusmusic.com website. (Just click on the sibeliusmusic.com website's green button marked Get Scorch)

 

The orchestral parts are available on rental from Noteworthy Musical Editions for public performances and/or commercial recordings.