As his ideas and structures developed, his music became radically different than anything else being produced or heard at the time. Everything in his music speaks to me of transition and evolution, from one set of themes and harmonies to another.
He believed in the transformative nature of music, and deliberately and consistently attempted to evoke musical states that would elevate the listener to a higher plane of understanding and meaning. His dabbling with Theosophy a trendy doctrine of religious philosophy, which asserts that every event — every thing — is a building block to an immortal, higher self was less a commitment to an ethic than a justification for breaking the rules. At a minimum, it provided him with a rationale for his final, grand works: But unlike the latter, it gained no followers.
He sincerely believed in the synthesis of sounds, colors, smells, taste, movement and poetry. He had the ability to see colors while hearing tones a condition known as synesthesia or photism.
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Coupling this with his interest in Far-Eastern music and other arts, he embarked on ambitious projects to implement a keyboard of light that would project changing colors as a pianist played. Unfortunately the technology to accomplish this did not exist at the time, although it is commonplace today. On a less grand scale, he regularly uses repetitive notes, especially in climaxes, to evoke the sound of bells tolling — summoning the devotees, heralding the end.
Faubion Bowers, the great musicologist and biographer, summed it up nicely: Looking at Scriabin compositions, we see at every turn how he worked for non-piano effects, to make the piano a kind of celestial orchestra of unearthly sounds. Welcome to Naxos Records. Prelude in E - Flat Major, Op.
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Poetico con delizio Prelude in E - Flat Minor, Op. Violent, tres accentue Tres lent, contemplatif Lent, vague, indecis Prelude in C Major, Op. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.
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