In The Steppes of Central Asia Symphony No 2 in B Minor
Alexander Borodin, doctor, chemist, professor, composer, bartender. Try to top that in your business card. His day job was a doctor and a chemist. When he was bored, he taught and chased women at the School of Medicine for Women, a school he founded in Saint Petersburg. At nights, he would be a mixologist - creating cocktails for the Czar and his friends. On his spare time or when was ill, he composed music. His best known works are arguably Symphony No 2 in B minor and Prince Igor.
It took him six years to write Symphony No 2 - between 1869 and 1876. It consists of four movements and is considered the most important large-scale work completed by the composer himself.
Symphony No 2 has four movements but I divided the music into three parts:
- First movement In The Steppes of Central Asia Symphony No 2 in B Minor
- Second movement Heroic I: Allegro Animato Assai
- Third and fourth movements Heroic: II. Scherzo - Prestissimo and Allegreto Tempo 1
This video post consist of the first movement. But please be sure to follow the links for the rest of the music.
I do not own the copyright to the music and the recording. Photos used on post was appropriated from the original album . Video clip of spinning LP is mine. This video is posted for educational use under Section 17 U.S. Code § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use.