Aleksandr Porfir’evich Borodin was born on October 31 [according to the Old Style (O.S.); Nov. 12 according to the New Style (N.S.)1]2 1833, in St. Petersburg on Gagarinskaia Street. He was the natural son3 of Luka Stepanovich Gedianov (1772–1840) and Avdot’ia Konstantinovna Antonova4. He received his family name and patronymic5 from Gedianov’s valet, Porfirii Ionovich Borodin, and was recorded as his son in the birth register.6 His “illegitimate” appearance into society was fortunately not reflected in his education. In spite of her poor education, his intelligent, energetic mother took every measure to ensure that her dear son’s childhood should not be clouded. He learned the lessons of primary and intermediate school at home with the help of teachers engaged by his mother.
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