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Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Скря́бин

Alexander Scriabin was a Russian Romantic composer who wrote some beautiful music. I don't know his music very well (my knowledge of classical music is limited), but I've decided to look into it. This because of a curious convergence of references within the space of a week.

1. The piano forum I attended two weeks ago today. For me, the highlight was my piano teacher, Andrea Adamcova, playing something by Villa Lobos, but one the earlier performers played a prelude by Scriabin. I thought to myself, "I like this music, especially the harmonics of it." It was one of the better moments in the recital.

2. In the second set of his show, Chick Corea played a prelude by Scriabin. For the second time in a week I heard Scriabin's music being performed live.

3. One of Pavel's photos reminded me of Arthur Rubinstein.



And since I was thinking of Arthur Rubinstein, I naturally went to the Wikipedia site dedicated to him, where I learned that, "Rubinstein, in conversation with Alexander Scriabin, named Brahms as his favorite composer, a response that enraged Scriabin."

Alex Ross: "In Russia, the composer-pianist Alexander Scriabin, who was under the influence of Theosophist spiritualism, devised a harmonic language that vibrated around a 'mystic chord' of six notes; his unfinished magnum opus Mysterium, slated for premier at the foot of the Himalayas, was to have brought about nothing less than the annihilation of the universe, whence men and women would reemerge as astral souls, relieved of sexual difference and other bodily limitations."

Now I must seek out his music. I'm thinking maybe a collection of preludes played by Horowitz.

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