Symphony No. 2 in B Minor

Symphony No. 2 in B Minor

By Alexander Borodin / arr. Clinton F. Nieweg Item: 36-A133302
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Although it has a four movement formal structure like the German symphonies, Borodin's Second Symphony is purely Russian. No listener can fail to identify its nationality as Russian - for all purposes it defines the dark, brooding character associated with the national musical culture. The first movement opens with a vigorous unison in the strings, reinforced by bassoons and horns, the theme forming the foundation of the whole movement. The second movement, a brilliant allegro, drives ahead irresistibly and forcefully from start to finish. Like the first movement, the third is built around a single theme - a long, haunting melody stated by solo horn. The third leads directly into the fourth movement, the opening theme being announced by full orchestra.  Even though his four-hand arrangement was published in 1877, Borodin held off publishing the orchestral score until he finished incorporating a number of additional technical improvements to the orchestration that had been recommended by Rimsky-Korsakov after the 1879 performance. Upon the composer's death, the full score and parts remained unpublished in an early proof stage. Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov completed the proofreading before publication later that year (1887). Instrumentation in set: 3(3dPicc).2(2dEH).2.2: Timp.Perc(4): Hp: Str(

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Composed by: Alexander Borodin
Arranged by: Clinton F. Nieweg
Format: Conductor Score & Parts
Instrumentation: 3d1, 2d1, 2, 2 - 4, 2, 3, 1, timp, perc, hp, str
Item Number: 36-A133302
UPC: 679360651209

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