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ALEXANDER BORODIN
[1833 - 1887]

link to biography of Borodin

Helene Polka (1861)

arranged for symphony orchestra by Mark Starr
from the second movement of Borodin's unfinished String Sextet.





link to biography of Borodin




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The Helene Polka was originally composed by Borodin for piano 4-hands.  The name Helene in the title of this graceful, delightful polka refers to a young damsel on whom the composer had a crush in his youth. Evidently, judging from the poignant theme that opens and closes this piece, Borodin's ardor for the lovely maiden was left unrequited. Musically, this work is a study in the subtleties of rubato.

 

ORCHESTRA

 

1 piccolo

1 flute

2 oboes

2 clarinets

2 bassoons

4 horns

2 trumpets

percussion (piatti, tambourine, triangle)

strings

 

duration: 3 minutes

 

 




Polka dancers

 

 

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

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