Alexander Scriabin by Leonid Pasternak
Alexander Scriabin - Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 2/1 - Vladimir Horowitz
Aleksandr Scriabin writing, 1901.
Vladimir Horowitz plays (one of his favorite encore) Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin’s Etude in D#m Op.8 No.12.
I have listened at least 10 different versions of this etude before uploading. Damn you Horowitz.
Scriabin :: key colour scheme
a system of corresponding colors and sounds which was based upon the cycle of fifths and the light spectrum. (1908-1910)
Famous chord near the end of Scriabin’s Sonata No. 7 (1911), spanning 5 octaves.
Happy birthday to Russian pianist, composer, and Movember participant Alexander Scriabin!
Born on January 6, 1872, Scriabin pioneered a distinctly Russian, post-tonal style that transitioned Western music from the late Romantic era into the 20th century. Listen to his Piano Sonata No. 5 here.
(1986) Vladimir Horowitz - Alexander Scriabin - 12 Etudes for piano, Op.8 - No. 12 in D sharp minor [Horowitz In Moscow]
Definitely one of the most intense interpretations of the G-sharp minor Piano Etude from Scriabin’s op. 8 collection. My personal favorite performance from Piers Lane’s Etude collection.
Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op.23 - 1. Dramatico
Audio: Part I “Universe” of Mysterium; Berlin Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy
Picture: Alexander Nemtin (left), Alexander Scriabin (right)
Alexander Scriabin - Mysterium (Realized by Alexander Nemtin)
In 1903, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin began work on Mysterium, a mammoth piece scored for an orchestra, a large mixed choir, an instrument with visual effects, dancers, a procession, incense, and rhythmic textural articulation. Scriabin planned for this work to be synesthetic, incorporating the senses of smell and touch as well as hearing. The composer wrote that:
“There will not be a single spectator. All will be participants. The work requires special people, special artists and a completely new culture.”
The premiere of Mysterium was to be given in a temple in the foothills of the Himalayas, and the piece itself would last for a full 7 days and nights. According to Scriabin, the end of the performance would bring about a glorious apocalypse, in which the universe would enter a state of ecstasy and humans would be replaced by “nobler beings”.
Unfortunately, Scriabin passed away in 1915 from septicemia before his masterpiece even had a chance to be finished. At the time of his death, Scriabin left 72 pages of sketches for the Prefatory Action, which was only a prelude to Mysterium. Composer Alexander Nemtin then took on the task of assembling together these sketches into a three-hour performable version, a feat that took him 28 years.
A survey of 8 key signatures, and the colours the two composers associated each key signature with.
Keys arranged in a circle of fifths in order to show the spectral relationship
Scriabin’s synesthesia and key-color associations make much more sense in this chart compared to this one:
Scriabin - Poème in F-sharp major, Op. 32, No. 1
Vladimir Horowitz, piano (1963)
Scriabin - Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19
Sviatoslav Richter, piano