Facts for Art: Borodin and Tchaikovsky

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Borodin Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
These exhilarating and enchanting melodies hail from Borodin’s opera based on a medieval Russian poem, The Tale of Igor’s Campaign, and its subject, Prince Igor Svyatoslavich the Brave.

Borodin came to my house, bringing with him the hardly touched music of the Polovtsian Dances, and the three of us – Borodin, Liadov and I – took it apart and began to score it in hot haste. To save time we wrote in pencil rather than in ink. Thus we sat at work until late at night. The finished sheets of the score Borodin covered with liquid gelatin, to keep the pencil marks intact – Rimsky-Korsakov, composer.

Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6
Nine days after he first conducted his Sixth, and most popular symphony, Tchaikovsky died. He had written of its earth-shatteringly bleak fourth movement and spoke fondly of the piece as a whole: “I love it as I never loved any one of my musical offspring before!”


Step into Hamer Hall on 16 March as Sir Andrew Davis leads the MSO through these two brilliant works, plus Bruch’s first violin concerto with superstar, Lu Siqing!

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Pictured: Lu Siqing, soloist at the 2019 Season Opening Gala