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Alexander Scriabin: Poem Of Ecstasy And Prometheus: Orchestra

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COMPOSER: Alexander Scriabin
PUBLISHER: Dover Publications
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
In the early years of our century, when vital new forces were revolutionising the arts, Russian-born Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) was one of the visionary pioneers who sought a new musical language. At least a fulldecade before the advances of Stravinsky and Schoenberg, Scriabin had begun the
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Composer Alexander Scriabin
Publisher Dover Publications
Instrumentation Orchestra
Product Format Score
Year of Publication 2015
Style Period Post 1901
ISBN 9780486284613
UPC 800759284610
No. DOV0486284611
Number of pages 208
Description

In the early years of our century, when vital new forces were revolutionising the arts, Russian-born Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) was one of the visionary pioneers who sought a new musical language. At least a fulldecade before the advances of Stravinsky and Schoenberg, Scriabin had begun the process of a complete break with all musical conventions. By 1905 he was immersed in a search for a way to express, in sound, the mysticaland theosophical ideas obsessed him.

Scriabin’s last two orchestral works were the products of a virtual delirium of composing. Simultaneously refining his poem called Poem of Ecstasyandcompleting the symphony that grew out of it (and shared its name), Scriabin never forgot the rapture of composing this work about creation and self-fulfilment: “I gasp for breath, but oh, what bliss! The very meterkindles the meaning…”

Prometheus: Poem of FireScriabin’s last and most revolutionary symphony – portrays Man’s epic journey from the mists of beginning timeto a wonderous self-realisation, given the gift of fire and light to make creative vision possible. Massively scored, Prometheus incorporates a “colour Organ” to bathe the performance space in a vast interplay ofcoloured lights.

For the music professional and every student of composition, orchestration and conducting, both scores are strikingly original and instructive. Equally fascinating are Scriabin’s approach tocomposition, the extraordinary sonorities of his orchestra and his fanciful, often supercharged, performance instructions that replace conventional words for tempo, mood and expression.

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