BORODIN - STARR; BORODINIANA, suite for orchestra; 6 (of 6). Grande Tarantella

Alexander Borodin
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The Borodiana Suite concludes with the Grande Tarantella. This spectacular piece was composed in 1862 for piano duet (four-hands.) Employing a large symphony orchestra, I have orchestrated Borodin’s exhuberant music in the colorful style in which Rimsky-Korsakov orchestrated Borodin’s Pololvetsian Dances from Prince Igor and Alexander Glazounov orchestrated Borodin’s Third Symphony. Having analyzed the piece thoroughly, I can only marvel at Borodin’s compositional wizardry in this intricate work. Its many parts function like a Swiss watch. At the same time, the music exhudes joy. By the time the coda arrives, the compulsion to set up and dance is irresistible.

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Score ID
Alexander Borodin
Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
5 minutes
Classical music

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