A. Borodin
Polovtsian Dances
from Prince Igor
with a Play-A-Long Audio CD
also including SmartMusic files


BORODIN

Alexander Borodin began working on his only Opera Prince Igor in 1869 and continued (part time) until his sudden death from a heart attack 1887.  Only small sections of the Opera were completed, including the Overture (1887) and the Polovtsian Dances (1875). 

Prince Igor was finally completed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) and Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) and first performed in St. Petersburg in 1890.  There have been several “reconstructions” over the years, including one in 2014 by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Borodin was born on November 12, 1833 in St. Petersburg, Russia and died on February 27, 1887 in St. Petersburg.  He is considered to be one of the Russian Five - the other four composers being:  Rimsky-Korsakov, Mily Balakirev (1837-1910), César Cui (1835-1918) and Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1888).  Borodin was actually a Doctor (of Chemistry) - music was a part-time avocation.  He did, however, find time to compose a wide variety of music, including 3 Symphonies and 2 String Quartets.

Prince Igor

The Opera Prince Igor consists of 27 Scenes presented as a Prelude and 4 Acts.  The Polovtsian (often seen as Polovetsian) Dances appear as Scene 17, at the end of Act 2 (which consists of Scenes 7 to 17).  Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens, occurring earlier in Act 2 (Scene 8), is often included in concert performances.  The only difference between the Opera and Concert versions is the use of a Choir (the Chorus) in the Opera version.

Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens (Scene 8) a single movement (196 bars - the last bar is silent) Presto (dotted quarter = 200)

Polovtsian Dances (Scene 17)

Polovtsian Dances (Scene 17) consists of an Introduction and seven sections (the Coda is part of No. 7):
    Introduction  Andantino (quarter = 84) uses a theme in minor tonality which becomes Theme 2B
    No. 1  Andantino (quarter = 84) Theme 1 - used as the song Stranger In Paradise in the Broadway Musical Kismet
    No. 2  Allegro Vivo (quarter = 160) Themes 2A (instrumental) & 2B (first appears in the Introduction in minor)
    No. 3  Allegro (dotted half = 80) Themes 3A (Choir) & 3B (Choir - female voices)
    No. 4  Presto (dotted quarter = 200) Themes 4A (instrumental) & 4B (Choir - with 4A used as accompaniment)
    No. 5  Moderato alla breve (half = 84) like No. 1 but now in cut time; also uses Theme 4A as accompaniment
    No. 6  Presto (dotted quarter = 200) like No. 4 with different tonalities
    No. 7  Allegro con spirito (quarter = 152) first 16 bars like No. 2 (in different tonalities)
    CODA  Più animato (quarter = 176) begins in bar 17;  bars 37-47 use Theme 2B     


There are some changes in the Audio and SmartMusic files on the CD:
- Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens (Scene 8) and Polovtsian Dances (Scene 17) - Numbers 2, 4 & 6 are in the original keys but to make for “more friendly” key signatures, the Introduction, Numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 & Coda have been transposed up a semi tone.
 - Some of the very fast tempos have been reduced to approximately 80% of their marked speed: Presto (dotted quarter = 200 to 160), Allegro Vivo (quarter = 160 to 128), Allegro (dotted half = 80 to 64), Allegro con spirito (quarter = 152 to 120) and Più animato (quarter = 176 to 140).  

SmartMusic files can be easily changed to the original tonalities and (any) tempos. 


Solo Books for Bb Clarinet, Flute or Alto Saxophone
- 9”X12” - 20 pages - $19.95
 
CD contains:
20 Audio Tracks
   Orchestra and Solo
1. - Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens (dotted quarter = 160)
2. - Polovtsian Dances - Complete
          (Nos. 1, 5 & 7 have intros)
3. - Introduction
4. - No. 1 (1 bar intro)
5. - No. 2 (quarter = 128)
6. - No. 3 (dotted half = 64)
7. - No. 4 (dotted quarter = 160)
8. - No. 5 (2 bar intro)
9. - No. 6 (dotted quarter = 160)
10. - No. 7 (1 bar intro) (quarter = 120)
    Orchestra Only
       (No Solo Part)
11. - Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens (dotted quarter = 160)
12. - Polovtsian Dances - Complete
          (Nos. 1, 5 & 7 have intros)
13. - Introduction
14. - No. 1 (1 bar intro)
15. - No. 2 (quarter = 128)
16. - No. 3 (dotted half = 64)
17. - No. 4 (dotted quarter = 160)
18. - No. 5 (2 bar intro)
19. - No. 6 (dotted quarter = 160)
20. - No. 7 (1 bar intro) (quarter = 120)

10 smp file with Full Orchestra
an active SmartMusic subscription is needed to play smp files

Also available:
Duet Book (displaying both the Solo and Duet parts)
for 2 Clarinets, 2 Flutes or 2 Saxophones
- 9”X12” - 28 pages - $19.95
compatible with: any of the Solo Books and any of the Duet Books

Piano Accompaniment Book (with Audio CD)
- 9”X12” - 36 pages - $9.95


Bb Clarinet Solo Book (9”X12” - 20 pages) & CD - $19.95

Duet Book available

Piano Accompaniment Book with Audio CD available


Flute Solo Book (9”X12” - 20 pages) & CD - $19.95

Duet Book available

Piano Accompaniment Book with Audio CD available


Alto Saxophone Solo Book (9”X12” - 20 pages) & CD - $19.95

Duet Book available

Piano Accompaniment Book with Audio CD available


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