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Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (Composer)

Born: 6th January 1872, Moscow

Died: 14th April 1915, Moscow

Nationality: Russian

Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist. In his early years he was greatly influenced by the music of Frédéric Chopin, and wrote works in a very tonal, romantic style. Later, and independently of his highly influential contemporary, Arnold Schoenberg, Scriabin developed a substantially atonal and much more dissonant musical language, which accorded with his personal brand of mysticism. Scriabin was influenced by synesthesia, and associated colours with the various harmonic tones of his atonal scale, while his colour-coded circle of fifths was also influenced by theosophy. He is considered by some to be the main Russian Symbolist composer.

Further Reading: Scriabin

 Recording of the Week, Daniil Trifonov's Silver Age

The Russian pianist is by turns balletic, poetic and dramatic in solo works by Stravinsky and Prokofiev, whilst the Mariinsky Orchestra match his precision and imagination in concertos by the the latter composer and Scriabin.

 Interview, Peter Jablonski on Scriabin

The pianist talks to David about his recently-released album of Scriabin mazurkas on Ondine.

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