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The Posthumous  Contributions to Borodin’s “Prince Igor”


In our season opening concerts, the Symphony of the Redwoods will begin with the Overture from Alexander Borodin’s sole opera, Prince Igor. The inspiration for the opera was suggested by Vladimir Stasov, advisor to the Russian Five (or the Mighty Handful) – Mikhail Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Borodin.

A chemistry professor by day, Borodin spent 18 years working on Prince Igor, but died before its completion. Rimsky-Korsakov, and Rimsky’s former student Alexander Glazunov filled in the blanks. According to Glazunov’s memoirs, he composed the majority of Prince Igor’s Overture, based on Borodin’s themes, sketches, and memories of hearing him play it on the piano, meaning the popularly performed piece cannot not be completely credited to Borodin. However, scholars and musicians have found Borodin’s work and the posthumous contributions nearly indistinguishable.


Last February, the Metropolitan Opera presented Prince Igor for the first time since 1917. They brought in Russian director and composer Dmitri Tcherniakov to replace Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov’s additions and complete a new score. Tcherniakov’s Prince Igor ran more than four hours long and required a cast of over 200 individuals. The entire production cost the Met $4.3 million, allocating $169,000 for an elaborate poppy field set.

Hear the Symphony of the Redwoods perform the Overture to Prince Igor, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, and Bruch’s Violin Concerto #1 in G minor, featuring violinist Yevgeny Kutik. Saturday, Nov. 14th at 8pm and Sunday, Nov. 15th at 2pm. All performances are at Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg, 500 N. Harold St. Tickets are $20, attendees aged 18 and under free.

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Click here to learn more about our featured soloist Yevgeny Kutik.






One comment on “The Posthumous  Contributions to Borodin’s “Prince Igor”

  1. Cool pic from the Met. Boyohboy! $4.3million. Well, I guess that’s why opera tix in NYC cost a zillion smackers apiece.


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