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The Notebooks of Alexander Skryabin

  • Author: Nicholls, Simon

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Contents

  • Foreword: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Editorial procedure:
  • The translations
  • Russian dates
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface : Simon Nicholls
  • Cultural context
  • Biographical elements
  • The Writings of Skryabin (Russkie propilei, Moscow, 1919)
  • [Note by Mikhail Gershenzon]
  • A Note by Boris de Schloezer on the Preliminary Action 4
  • The Notebooks:
  • I. A single sheet, written at the age of about sixteen
  • II. Period of the First Symphony, around 1900
  • III. Chorus from Symphony No. 1
  • IV. Libretto for an opera, after the First Symphony but before 1903
  • V. Notebook, summer 1904, Switzerland
  • VI. Notebook, 1904-5
  • VII. Notebook, 1905-6
  • VIII. The Poem of Ecstasy
  • IX. [The Preliminary Action]:
  • 1. Initial version, full text
  • 2. Final, fair copy of the text, unfinished
  • The Growth of Skryabin's Thought Simon Nicholls
  • A 'philosopher-musician'?
  • The influence of philosophy:
  • Music and philosophy
  • Skryabin's reading
  • Ernest Renan
  • Greek philosophy
  • German Idealism
  • Russian philosophy and Russian Symbolism
  • Conference at Geneva
  • The influence of Theosophy
  • Indian culture
  • Skryabin's philosophy of music
  • Skryabin's 'teaching'
  • Thought in words, music, colour: Skryabin's developing Symbolist practice
  • Skryabin's poetic language
  • The Poem of Ecstasy: text and music (1905-1908)
  • Prometheus: music, colour and the word (1908-1910)
  • The Preliminary Action:
  • A preliminary to what? - 'The idea of the Mystery'
  • (Leonid Sabaneyev)
  • Performance as sacrament
  • The music for the Preliminary Action
  • People and publications:
  • Leonid Sabaneyev
  • Mikhail Gershenzon and Russkie propilei
  • Supplementary texts by Alexander Skryabin:
  • I. Reminiscences of youth
  • II. Text to an unfinished Ballade for piano (1887)
  • III. Romance (1891)
  • IV. An early statement of aspiration (1892)
  • Letters to Natal'ya Sekerina:
  • V. [June 1892]
  • VI. [July 1892]
  • VII. [May/June 1893]
  • VIII. [June 1893]
  • Letters to Margarita Morozova:
  • IX. April 1904
  • X. [April/May 1906]
  • Letters to Tat'yana de Schloezer:
  • XI. [January 1905]
  • XII. [December 1906]
  • XIII. Poem to accompany Sonata No. 4.
  • XIV. Open Letter to A. N. Bryanchaninov: 'Art and Politics' (1915)
  • Biographical notes
  • Bibliography