Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in b
It took Alexander Borodin nearly 8 years to complete his Second Symphony, and even after its premiere in 1877, the composer had to revise it because of its unpopularity. Nowadays, though, Bordin’s Symphony No. 2 may, in fact, be amongst the most popular of symphony written by his fellow Russian contemporaries. The Symphony features programmatic elements throughout, including a gathering of Russian knights in the first movement; Russian folk songs like “The Terrible Tsar” and “The Nightingale;” and a movement that portrays a legendary minstrel, just to name a few moments.