"Note that Scriabin
did not, for his theory, recognize a difference between a major and a minor tonality of the same name (for example: c-minor and C-Major). Indeed, influenced also
by the doctrines of theosophy
, he developed his system of synesthesia
toward what would have been a pioneering multimedia performance: his unrealized magnum opus Mysterium
was to have been a grand week-long performance including music, scent, dance, and light
in the foothills of the Himalayas Mountains that was somehow to bring about the dissolution of the world in bliss
." - From Russian composer Alexander Scriabin's Wikipedia pageSome of the music he wrote
Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, Op. 20
Rêverie, Op. 24
Symphony no. 1 in E major, Op. 26
Symphony no. 2 in C minor, Op. 29
Symphony no. 3 in C minor, The Divine Poem, Op. 43
(arranged for two pianos
Le poème de l'extase, Op. 54
(AKA Symphony no. 4)
Prometheus: Poem of Fire, Op. 60
(AKA Symphony no. 5; the documentary
from which this performance is drawn)
Mysterium: Prefatory Act
(Never finished; reconstructed by Alexander Nemtin
from unfinished notes)
(Last four are the big ones)
for solo piano
Etude in C-sharp minor, No. 1 from Trois morceaux, Op. 2
Etude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12
Movements 3 and 4 from Piano Sonata, no.3, Op. 23
(Scriabin's own recording)
Fantaisie in B minor, Op. 28
Prelude, Op.74, no. 2
(Considered his best piece by his wife; also his last full piece before he died)
List of compositions.
Scriabin on his mystic chord
: "I decided that the more higher tones there are in harmony, it would turn out to be more radiant, sharper and more brilliant. But it was necessary to organize the notes giving them a logical arrangement. Therefore, I took the usual thirteenth-chord, which is arranged in thirds. But it is not that important to accumulate high tones. To make it shining, conveying the idea of light, a greater number of tones had to be raised in the chord. And, therefore, I raise the tones: At first I take the shining major third, then I also raise the fifth, and the eleventh—thus forming my chord—which is raised completely and, therefore, really shining."
The mystic chord demonstrated.
Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin's liner notes
for an album of Scriabin's work: "What is it about Scriabin that makes his venom so poisonous? Apart from being a composer-pianist, poet, solipsist, semi-, neo- and theophilosopher, musical thaumaturge and mystagogue - and those were only his part-time jobs - he was, above all, a visionary way ahead of his time. (At times a little delusional, perhaps, but this has never stopped greatness from budding.)"
From Scriabin's notebooks: "I am God."
Scriabin Society of America.
Was Scriabin a Synaesthete?