Alexander Scriabin

(1872 1915)
Alexander Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin's early work is characterised by a lyrical and idiosyncratic tonal language influenced by Frédéric Chopin. Later in his career, independent of Arnold Schoenberg, Scriabin developed a substantially atonal and much more dissonant musical system, accorded to 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. Scriabin had a major impact on the music world over time and influenced composers like Roy Agnew, Nikolai Roslavets, Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky. Scriabin's importance in the Soviet musical scene and internationally, drastically declined. In the 1970s, for instance, there were only three recordings of his complete (published) sonatas. Yet Scriabin's work has steadily regained popularity. His piano music, particularly the sonatas, has grown in popularity with professional pianists in recent decades.

Alexander Scriabin Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

Poem of Ecstasy

Timpani + 6 percussion + celeste
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, triangle, tam tam, glockenspiel, low C bass bell, celeste

Symphony No 3

Timpani + 1 percussion
Tam tam, glockenspiel

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