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When Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) was only a year old his mother, a concert pianist, died of tuberculosis. The father left St. Petersburg to become a diplomat in Turkey, leaving Alexander to live with his grandmother and his aunt, an amateur pianist who documented Scriabin’s early life.
As a child Scriabin was fascinated with pianistic mechanisms, and tried to build his own pianos which he then gave away to visitors. He was very shy and unsociable, but would perform his own plays and operas with puppets to willing audiences.
He took piano lessons with Nikolai Zverev, the teacher of Rachmaninoff and several other prodigies of the time. Eventually Scriabin graduated from the Moscow Conservatory with the Little Gold Medal in piano performance, but he did not complete a composition degree, because of disagreements with his teacher Arensky.
Nevertheless, after performing his own works to very positive reviews Scriabin was engaged to compose for the Belaieff publishing firm, which included other notable composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov.
In 1898 he became a professor of piano at the Moscow Conservatory, an occupation with which he became increasingly bored. Soon, he left both his teaching position and his wife, married one of his pupils and spent several years travelling between Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium and America, before returning to Russia permanently in 1909.
Since 1905 he had been under the influence of theosophy and mystical ideas, and he regarded his works from that date as preparation for a "supreme ecstatic mystery". For some time before his death he planned a multi-media work to be performed in the Himalayas, "a grandiose religious synthesis of all arts which would herald the birth of a new world." The sketches for this piece, Mysterium, were eventually made into a performable version by Alexander Nemtin.
Scriabin´s early works are strongly flavoured by Chopin and Liszt.
As he developed his personal theories he grew harmonically bolder, using chords built of 4ths and sometimes of 2nds, achieving what has sometimes been called "impressionist atonality". A hypochondriac his entire life, he died at the age of 43 from septicemia, contracted as a result of a shaving cut on his lip.

Major works:
Orchestral: 3 Symphonies, The poem of ecstasy, Prometheus: the poem of Fire, Piano Concerto
Keyboard: 10 Piano Sonatas, Études, Préludes, Waltzes, Impromptus, Mazurkas etc.

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Total pieces by Scriabin: 150

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