Alexander Scriabin


  • In love's godlike breathing, there's the innermost aspect of the universe.
  • My 10th Sonata is a sonata of insects. Insects are born from the sun... they are the sun's kisses.
  • I am a moment illuminating eternity....I am affirmation...I am ecstasy.
  • In love's God-like breathing, there's the innermost aspect of the universe.
  • I am God! I am nothing, I'm play, I am freedom, I am life. I am the boundary, I am the of Alexander Scriabin
  • Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.
  • Reading is a means of thinking with another person's mind; it forces you to stretch your own.
  • Always do sober what you said you'd do when you were drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut!


Alexander Scriabin was born in Moscow on 6 January 1872 died 27 April 1915 (he was born on Christmas Day in Russia, and died at Easter). He was a Russian composer and pianist, and he was born into a military and aristocratic family. Initially influenced early in his life by Chopin, in his first stage he composed works with a highly tonal idiom. Later, but independently of Schoenberg, Scriabin developed a substantially atonal and much more dissonant musical system, in keeping with his sense of mysticism. Scriabin was influenced by synaesthesia, 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.

Scriabin was one of the most innovative and controversial of early modern composers. "No composer has had more scorn heaped on him or greater love bestowed." Leo Tolstoy described Scriabin's music as "a sincere expression of genius." Scriabin had a major impact on the music world over time, and influenced composers such as Stravinsky and Prokofiev. However, "No one was more famous during their lifetime, and few were more quickly ignored after death." Nevertheless, his musical aesthetics have been re-evaluated, and his ten published sonatas for piano are the most consistent contribution to the genre since the time of Beethoven.

He was very interested in theosophy and mysticism, and he developed his system of synaesthesia 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. A prototype colour organ was developed for this purpose.


Wikipedia - - Scriabin Society of America - - Scriabin Museum in Russia - - Russian Biography


 Scriabin plays Scriabin etude - - Horowitz plays "Vers la Flamme" - -

Horowitz messes about interviewed at home, then plays Scriabin - - Documentary – Towards the Light

Poem of Ecstasy, USSR State Orch., 1968 Proms (also shows reduced score simultaneously)