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A string quartet dedicated to Borodin's wife Ekaterina Protopova. Some scholars, such as Borodin’s biographer Serge Dianin, suggest that the quartet was a 20th anniversary gift and that it has a program evoking the couple’s first meeting in Heidelberg. Of its four movements, the third movement “Notturno” is the most famous and part of it was adapted into the song “And This Is My Beloved” from the 1953 Broadway musical Kismet . And from the second movement "Scherzo" the song "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" was written for the same musical.
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