Symphony No.2 (Borodin, Aleksandr)
St. Petersburg: V. Bessel & Co., n.d.(1891). Plate 2480
New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, n.d.(after 1933).
These files are part of the Orchestra Parts Project.
Corrected part for Trombones and Tuba. Missing music retypeset by LanceC.
Movements 1 and 4 only were retypeset in B♭, 2 and 3 unchanged.
Arrangements and Transcriptions
For 2 Pianos, 4 hands (Chernov?)
For Piano 4 hands (Composer)
For Piano solo (Chernov)
|Work Title||Symphony No. 2|
|Year/Date of Composition||1869-1876|
|First Publication||1878 (piano 4 hand arr.)|
1887 (full score)
|Instrumentation||Orchestra — 3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd also English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons,|
4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (triangle, tambourine, cymbals, bass drum), harp, strings
|External Links||Wikipedia article|
Considerable confusion has arisen over the exact nature of the contributions by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Aleksandr Glazunov to this work. Although the symphony was completed by 1876, Borodin lost his original full scores for the first and final movements before being notified in the fall of that year of the Russian Musical Society's intent to perform the symphony early in 1877. The composer, ill in bed, was unable to find the scores and had to re-orchestrate the lost movements from his piano-4 hands version. After an unsuccessful premiere (10 March 1877, RMS / Eduard Napravnik), Borodin revised the orchestration, particularly that of the Scherzo, incorporating a number of suggestions by Rimsky-Korsakov. A second performance at the Free School under Rimsky-Korsakov's direction two years later (4 March 1879) received a much warmer response.
Even though his four-hand arrangement was published in 1877, Borodin held off publishing the orchestral score until he finished incorporating a number of additional technical improvements to the orchestration that had been recommended by Rimsky-Korsakov after the 1879 performance. Upon the composer's death, the full score and parts remained unpublished in an early proof stage. Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov completed the proofreading before publication later that year (1887). While it's true that Rimsky contributed orchestrational improvements, it would be inaccurate to ascribe the symphony's orchestration to him. The orchestration is substantially that of the composer. Bessel's credit to Rimsky and Glazunov, printed mainly for the purpose of securing French copyright status, has unfortunately contributed to this mistaken impression over the decades.
Original publisher: St. Petersburg: V. Bessel & Co., 1877
- 1877 - Arr. piano 4 hands by composer, plate 672, 53 pages
- 1887 - Full score, "Ed. redigée par N. Rimsky-Korsakoff et A. Glazounoff", plate 671, 156 pages (shows up in HMB in 1888)
- Reprinted by Muzgiz, ed. Nikolay Miaskovsky (1881-1950), plate 7465 (1927, 1931)
- Reprinted by Kalmus (Orch. Series #166, ca.1933-ca.1946)
- (1891) - Orchestra parts, plate 2480, engraved
- Reprinted by Kalmus (Orch. Series #166, later A1333), Lucks (after 1933)
- (1905) - Arr. 2 pianos, 4 hands (Konstantin Chernov?), plate 4923, 27 + 27 pages
- (1912) - Arr. piano solo, Konstantin Chernov (1865-1937), plate 6700, 35 pages
- 1920 - Full score, "Ed. redigée par N. Rimsky-Korsakoff et A. Glazounoff", plate 671, 116 pages
- Printed from a professional copyist's manuscript. Possibly prepared by Breitkopf (Bessel's German agent).
- (1920) - Study score, plate 671, 173 pages (joint issue with Eulenburg)
Full and study scores
- (1920) - Leipzig, London: Ernst Eulenburg, Ed. #491, plate E.E. 3691, 173 pages
- Reprinted by Kalmus (KMOS #166), later Belwin et al, Philharmonia (#266), Boosey & Hawkes (HPS #642)
- 1946 - Moscow: Muzgiz, ed. L. Kaltat "redaktor", plate 671(!!), 152 pages, re-engraved (probably at C. G. Röder's facility)
- Reprinted Kalmus (Orch. Series #166, later A1333 - 1947 and later), Lucks, Dover (2005)
- 1977 - Moscow: Muzika, ed. D. Chupatov "redaktor", plate 9489, 162 pages