This piece, quite curiously, began in 1879 as a musical joke based on the a children’s tune called “Tati-tati” (aka “Chopsticks”). On this little theme Borodin creates a 5 minutes piece on the text of the Requiem aeternam.

The great conductor Leopold Stokowski orchestrated it for full orchestra and male chorus but the piece was set aside and only premiered in 1992.

Geoffrey Simon recorded it with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus, along with the more famous Polovtsian dances and the suite from Prince Igor.


Cover image by Jonathan Bowers

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