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Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin

Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (; Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Скря́бин [ɐlʲɪˈksandr nʲɪkəˈɫaɪvʲɪtɕ ˈskrʲæbʲɪn]; 6 January 1872 [O.S. 25 December 1871] – 27 April [O.S. 14 April] 1915) was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin, who was influenced early in his life by the works of Frédéric Chopin, composed works that are characterised by a highly tonal idiom (these works are associated with his "first stage" of compositional output). Later in his career, independently of Arnold Schoenberg, Scriabin developed a substantially atonal and much more dissonant musical system, 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.

Scriabin was one of the most innovative and most controversial of early modern composers. The Great Soviet Encyclopedia said of Scriabin that "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 Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Karol Szymanowski. However, Scriabin's importance in the Russian and then Soviet musical scene, and internationally, drastically declined after his death. According to his biographer Bowers, "No one was more famous during their lifetime, and few were more quickly ignored after death." Nevertheless, his musical aesthetics have been reevaluated, and his ten published sonatas for piano, which arguably provided the most consistent contribution to the genre since the time of Beethoven's set, have been increasingly championed.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 6th, 1872 (Moscow), Died April 27th, 1915 (Moscow)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-27354 10-in. 12/27/1922 Pathetic study Alfred Cortot Piano solo composer  
Victor BVE-47871 10-in. 10/31/1928 Etude in C sharp minor Muriel Kerr Piano solo composer  
Victor BVE-47873 10-in. 10/31/1928 Etude in D flat major Muriel Kerr Piano solo composer  
Victor BVE-51806 10-in. 4/16/1929 Prelude Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano solo composer  
Victor CRC-68246 12-in. 6/23/1931 Fourth sonata John Kirkpatrick Piano solo composer  
Victor CRC-68247 12-in. 6/23/1931 Fourth sonata John Kirkpatrick Piano solo composer  
Victor CSHQ-72017 12-in. 3/19/1932 Poem of ecstasy Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CSHQ-72018 12-in. 3/19/1932 Poem of ecstasy Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor LCSHQ-72019 12-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 3/19/1932 Poem of ecstasy Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CSHQ-72020 12-in. 3/19/1932 Poem of ecstasy Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CSHQ-72021 12-in. 3/19/1932 Poem of ecstasy Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor LCSHQ-72022 12-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 3/19/1932 Poem of ecstasy Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CSHQ-72023 12-in. 3/19/1932 Prometheus Curtis Institute of Music Choir ; Sylvan Levin ; Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus composer  
Victor CSHQ-72024 12-in. 3/19/1932 Prometheus Curtis Institute of Music Choir ; Sylvan Levin ; Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus composer  
Victor LCSHQ-72025 12-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 3/19/1932 Prometheus Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus composer  
Victor CSHQ-72026 12-in. 3/19/1932 Prometheus Curtis Institute of Music Choir ; Sylvan Levin ; Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus composer  
Victor CSHQ-72027 12-in. 3/19/1932 Prometheus Curtis Institute of Music Choir ; Sylvan Levin ; Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus composer  
Victor LCSHQ-72028 12-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 3/19/1932 Prometheus Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus composer  
Brunswick E28172 10-in. 9/7/1928 Etude Ignace Hilsberg Piano solo composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich," accessed October 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102851.

Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102851.

"Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102851

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