46. Borodin: 2nd Symphony
[…] the next time you listen to Borodin
remember he was just a chemist
who wrote music to relax;
the next time you listen to Borodin
remember his wife used his compositions
to line the cat boxes with
or to cover jars of sour milk;
she had asthma and insomnia
and fed him soft-boiled eggs
and when he wanted to cover his head
to shut out the sounds of the house
she only allowed him to use the sheet;
Symphony #2, in B Minor
On the Steppes of Central Asia
in 1887 he attended a dance
at the Medical Academy
dressed in a merrymaking national costume;
at last he seemed exceptionally gay
and when he fell to the floor,
they thought he was clowning.
the next time you listen to Borodin,
Excerpt from The Life Of Borodin by Charles Bukowski
Borodin was a crossdressing satanist, who injected heroin in he eyeballs of little children.
Okay, he wasn’t. And he didn’t. But for a brief moment there, the guy was more intriguing than he had been his entire life. Except that one moment when he dropped dead in the middle of a dance. That was quite something, even by today’s standards.
His biography is required reading for insomniacs. Still, his 2nd Symphony is decent Russian fabric with a beautiful 3rd movement. That’s all Russia needed to consider him one of their top 5 composers.
Gennady Rozhdestvensky & Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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