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No one's ever really pointed out how few chords there are in any given century! Impossible to count how often since Gluck people have died to the chord of the sixth and now, from Manon to Isolde, they do it to the diminished seventh! And as for that idiotic thing called the perfect triad, it's only a habit, like going to a café. Claude Debussy

Borodin, String Quartet No. 2 in D Major,

May 3rd, 2009

Alexander Borodin, 1833-1887

String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, 1881

Alexander BorodinAlexander Borodin was, like many of his now famous Russian composer friends, a composer by avocation; he had a day job. Borodin pursued a distinguished career as a physician and chemist first while composing only when he could in his truly precious spare time. Generally, it would require years for Borodin to finish a work yet he succeeded in writing some astonishing music of great originality and influence including two symphonies, tone poems such as In the Steppes of Central Asia, the opera Prince Igor featuring the now famous Polovetsian Dances, and a handful of chamber works including the equally beloved String Quartet No. 2 in D Major. This last work was, unlike the others, written in a rapid flush of activity lasting only a few months during a summer vacation. « more »

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