List of works by Aleksandr Borodin

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Title Start End Libretto Notes
The Tsar's Bride 1867 1868 Lev Mey sketches to an Opera, unfinished (lost). Material used in other works.
Prince Igor, Opera with Prologue in 4 Acts 1869 1887 Borodin, after "The Lay of Prince Igor" Unfinished opera with a prologue and 4 acts. Completed and partly orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov 1887/88. First performance, St.Petersburg 1890
Mlada, Act IV 1872 1872 Viktor Krylov Part of unfinished collaborative Opera-Ballet in 4 Acts by Borodin, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Leon Minkus. Finale orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov as a concert piece (1892)
Bogatyri (The Heroic Warriors) 1878 1878 Viktor Krylov Opera-farce in 5 Scenes. About a quarter of the music by Borodin, the rest based on music by Rossini, Meyerbeer, Offenbach, Serov, Verdi and others, orchestrated by E. Merten (1867), unpublished

Orchestral works

Title Start End Notes
Symphony No.1 in E major 1862 1867 First published 1875 (arr. piano 4 hands by the composer); 1882 (full score)
Symphony No.2 in B minor 1869 1876 first pub. 1878 ( arr. piano 4 hands by the composer); Borodin's orchestration slightly revised by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov for publication of 1887 full score.
In The Steppes Of Central Asia 1880 1880 first pub. Hamburg 1882 (arr. piano 4 hands by the composer); 1882 (full score)
Symphony No.3 in A minor 1886 1887 first two movements only. Completed and orchestrated by Glazunov (1888), Leipzig 1888.

Chamber music

Title Start End Notes
Piano Trio 1850 1860 3 movements only, last movement is lost
Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Viola, and Cello 1852 1856 based on a Piano Sonata by Haydn, Moscow 1949.
String Trio in G major for 2 Violins and Cello 1852 ? 1856 ? only first 2 movements completed
String Trio (2 Violins and Cello) in G minor 1854 1855 One movement (Andantino) only. Based on the Russian Folk Song "What Have I Done to Upset You [Чем тебя я огорчила], Moscow 1946.
String Quintet in F minor for 2 violins, viola and 2 cellos 1859 1860 coda of finale completed by Orest Evlakhov (1960), Leningrad 1960.
String Sextet in D minor 1860 1861 only two movements survived, 3rd and 4th lost, Moscow 1949.
Sonata in B minor for Cello and Piano 1860 1860 Based on the Fugue from J.S. Bach's Violin Sonata no. 1 in G-minor BWV 1001, finished by Michael Goldstein. Published by N. Simrock 1982.
Piano Trio in D major 1860 1861 for violin, cello and piano, 4th movement lost, edited 1950, Moscow.
Piano Quintet in C minor 1862 1862 for string quartet and piano, edited 1938, Moscow.
String Quartet No.1 in A major 1874 1879 Hamburg 1884
String Quartet No.2 in D major 1881 1881 Leipzig 1888
Scherzo in D major for String Quartet 1882 1882 from Mitrofan Belyayev's collection "Fridays". Also used by Glazunov in his completion of Borodin's 3rd Symphony; Leipzig 1899
Serenata alla spagnola in D minor 1886 1886 From the collective string quartet "B-La-F" in collaboration with Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov and Liadov, Leipzig 1887.

Works for piano

Title Hands Start End Notes
Hélène-Polka in D minor 4 1843 1861 written in 1843 when the composer was just 9 years old, revised and transcribed for 4 hands by the composer in 1861; edited 1946, Moscow.
Adagio patetico in A major 4 1849 1849
Allegretto in D major 4 1861 1861 Piano 4 hands, after 3rd movement of String Quintet, Moscow 1980
Scherzo E major 4 1861 Piano 4 hands, edited in Muzikal'noye nasledstvo, Moscow 1970
Tarantella in D major 4 1862 Piano 4 hands, edited 1938, Moscow
Petite Suite 2 1878 1885 1. At the Convent (In Monastery) 2. Intermezzo 3. Mazurka I 4. Mazurka II 5. Sérénade 6. Nocturne 7. Rêverie 8. Scherzo. Also orchestrated by Glazunov (1889)
Contribution to the Paraphrases on the "Cutlet Polka" (Chopsticks) 3 1874 1878 Polka, Marche funèbre, Requiem (with words) & Mazurka; in collaboration with Cui, Liadov, Rimsky-Korsakov. 2nd edition includes pieces by Franz Liszt and Nikolai Shcherbachov
Scherzo in A major 2 1885 1885 dedicated to Théodore Jadoul

Solo Songs

Title Russian Transliteration Original Text Start End Notes
Why did you grow pale early Что ты рано, зоренька Shto ty rano, zoren'ka Sergey Solovyov 1852 1855
The beautiful girl does not love me Разлюбила красна девица Razlyubila krasna devitsa Aleksandr Vinogradov 1853 1855 for voice, cello & piano
Listen to my song, my friends Слушайте, подруженьки, песенку мою Slushaite, podruzhen'ki, pesenku moyu E. von Kruse 1853 1855 for voice, cello & piano
Thou lovely fisher-girl Красавица рыбачка Krasavitsa rybachka Heinrich Heine 1854 1855 for voice, cello & piano. Ger. original: "Du schönes Fischermädchen"
The Sleeping Princess Спящая княжна Spyashchaya knyazhna Borodin 1867 1867 also orch. Rimsky-Korsakov
My songs are full of poison Отравой полны мои песни Otravoy polny moyi pyesni Heine 1868 1868 Ger. original "Vergiftet sind meine Lieder"
The Sea Princess Морская царевна Morskaya Tsarevna Borodin 1868 1868
Song of the Dark Woods (Old song) Песня темного леса (Старая песня) Pesnya tyomnovo lesa Borodin 1868 1868 also arr. Glazunov for two-part male chorus and orch. (1873)
The False Note Фальшивая нота Fal'shivaya nota Borodin 1868 1868
The Sea Mope Mor'ye Borodin 1870 1870 orch. by the composer (1884) and also by Rimsky-Korsakov (1896)
From my tears Из слез моих Iz slyoz moyikh Heine 1870 1870 Ger. original: "Aus meinen Tränen"
For the shores of your far homeland Для берегов отчизны дальной Dlya beregov otchizny dal'noy Alexander Pushkin 1881 1881 Published 1888. Also orchestrated by Glazunov (1912)
To the people at home У людей-то в дому U lyudey-to v domu Nikolay Nekrasov 1881 1881
Arabian melody Арабская мелодия Arabskaya Melodiya Borodin 1881 1881
Pride Спесь Spjes' Aleksey Tolstoy 1884 1885
The Magic Garden Чудный сад Chudnyy sad Borodin, after G. C. (Georges Collen) 1885 1885 Fr. original "Septain"

Other vocal works

Title Russian Transliteration Original Text Start End Notes
Serenade in Honor of One Lady by Four Cavaliers Серенада четырёх кавалеров одной даме Borodin 1870 1870 comic quartet for 4 male Voices a cappella
Glory to Cyril and Methodius! Слава Кириллу и Мефодию Borodin 1885 1885 for male chorus a cappella; unfinished, completed by Pavel Lamm

Transcriptions for piano 4 hands

Title Date Notes
Allegretto in D-flat 1861 arrangement of the 3rd movement of the String Quintet
Symphony no. 1 1875
Symphony no. 2 1878
From the Steppes of Central Asia 1882
String Quartet no. 1 1887

Lost works

Title Date Notes
Concerto in D for Flute and Piano 1847
String Trio for 2 Violins and Cello in G major 1847 on a theme from Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable
Le Courant – etude for Piano 1849
Fantasy on a theme by Johann Nepomuk Hummel 1849
Misera me! Barbaro sorte 1850 Duet for Tenor and Bass with Piano, unfinished, unpublished
String Trio for 2 Violins and Cello in G major ca. 1850 fragments
Fugues – for piano 1851/52
Scherzo in B minor for piano 1852
Merciful God 1852/55 unfinished, unpublished
Potpourri in A major for Piano on Themes of Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia" 1852/55 unfinished, unpublished
Grand Trio in G major for 2 Violins and Cello 1859/56 only 2 movements, 3rd movement unfinished, Moscow 1949.
Fugue for piano 1862
60 Variations on a Bohemian Theme - Musical Joke for Piano 1867 only 1 variation composed
Sketch on Russian Folk Song [Эй, ухнем] for Piano ca.1870 unpublished
Piano Piece in E major 1879 fragment
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