Borodin

1990 ES3. Discovered 1990 Mar. 2 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of the famous Russian composer Alexandr Porfirevich Borodin (1833-1887). After studies in medicine and chemistry and a brief stay in the army as a doctor, he became a professor at the Medical Academy in St. Petersburg. But he was a musician at heart. He became acquainted with Balakirev {see planet (6777)}, to whom he owed his further musical education. Among his principal works are two symphonies, his well-known In the Steppes of Central Asia and several pieces for piano. His unfinished opera Prince Igor was completed by Glazunov and Rimskij-Korsakov {see planet (4534)}. (M 26767)

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