Alexander Borodin

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Birthday
12, 1833
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Feb 27, 1887 (53)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
12, 1833
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Feb 27, 1887 (53)

About

Remembered for his symphonic poem In the Steppes of Central Asia; his Symphony No. 2 in B minor; his String Quartets no. 1 & 2; and his operatic work Prince Igor, this nineteenth-century Romantic composer belonged to a prominent circle of Russian nationalist composers known as "The Five."

Before Fame

While writing music, he studied at St. Petersburg's Medical–Surgical Academy. His early compositions include an 1850 piano trio and an 1852 vocal music piece titled "Why Did You Grow Pale Early?"

Trivia

A prominent chemist and women's rights activist as well as a musician, Borodin discovered the Hunsdiecker and Aldol chemical reactions and helped establish Russia's School of Medicine for Women.

Family Life

The illegitimate child of Evdokia Konstantinovna Antonova and Georgian aristocrat Luka Gedevanishvili, he spent his youth in St. Petersburg, Russia. His marriage to pianist Ekaterina Protopopova resulted in a daughter named Gania.

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After Borodin's sudden death, his opera Prince Igor was completed by Alexander Glazunov and fellow The Five member Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.