Alexander Borodin (1833–1887) was a Russian Romantic composer, as well as a doctor and chemist. He was one of the prominent 19th-century composers known as The Mighty Handful, a group dedicated to producing a uniquely Russian kind of classical music, rather than imitating earlier Western European models.
This Polka was Borodin’s first musical composition, which he wrote when he was nine years old. It was inspired by his first love, a grown woman named Elena. In her honor he wrote the polka “Helen.”
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