Scriabin - Piano Music

Alexander Scriabin

One of the most eccentric musical personalities of the late Romantic/early Modern era, Scriabin created a unique musical system, aligned with his mystical world view and adapted to his synesthesia (associating tones and tonalities with colours). He began composing in a style very influenced by Chopin, but his later works invite us into an atonal, very distinctive soundworld: complex, mystical, extatic...



Top Pieces:


Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 2 No. 1

A 16-year old Scriabin wore his heart upon his sleeve in this charming work, which ends in a loving pianissimo. Its simple melody seems to express longing for some distant goal.

Etude in D-sharp Minor, Op. 8 No. 12

The pounding octaves and building intensity of this piece requires a lot of energy. Because of the way the piece grabs you and doesn’t let go, it’s a definite showstopper!

Sonata 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19

Scriabin based his second sonata on a seaside holiday, using the keyboard to paint the images of waves, seagulls, and ocean breezes.

Vers la flamme - Poème Op. 72

This piece describes the world’s inexorable slide toward death and destruction by fire. Like many of Scriabin’s late works, it's notorious for its difficulty and the physical demands it places on the performer.

Biography

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.


Quotes by Scriabin

“I am God! I am nothing, I’m play, I am freedom, I am life. I am the boundary, I am the peak.”

"There will not be a single spectator. All will be participants. The work requires special people, special artists and a completely new culture. The cast of performers includes an orchestra, a large mixed choir, an instrument with visual effects, dancers, a procession, incense, and rhythmic textural articulation. The cathedral in which it will take place will not be of one single type of stone but will continually change with the atmosphere and motion of the Mysterium. This will be done with the aid of mists and lights, which will modify the architectural contours." (About his unrealised Magnum Opus Mysterium, a seven-day-long megawork meant to be performed at the foothills of the Himalayas in India, after which the world would dissolve in bliss.)

Quotes about Scriabin

"Scriabin isn't the sort of composer whom you'd regard as your daily bread, but is a heavy liqueur on which you can get drunk periodically, a poetical drug, a crystal that's easily broken." (Sviatoslav Richter)

“In this poet, in this prophet, there lived a refined, almost pedantic formalist who demanded accuracy in all that concerned his creative work. Perfection of form and precision of execution were his characteristic traits.” (Boris de Schloezer)

Scriabin Piano Sheet Music

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Total pieces by Scriabin: 150

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Most popular pieces:

Etude Op. 2 No. 1C-sharp Minor 18878+
Etude Op. 8 No. 12D-sharp Minor 18948+
Sonata 2 (Sonate-Fantaisie) Op. 19G-sharp Minor 18978+
Vers la flamme - Poème Op. 72N/A 19148+

Sonatas

Sonata 1 Op. 6F Minor 18938+
Sonata 2 (Sonate-Fantaisie) Op. 19G-sharp Minor 18978+
Sonata 3 Op. 23F-sharp Minor 18978+
Sonata 4 Op. 30F-sharp Major 19038+
Sonata 5 Op. 53N/A 19078+
Sonata 6 Op. 62N/A 19128+
Sonata 7 (White Mass) Op. 64N/A 19128+
Sonata 8 Op. 66N/A 19138+
Sonata 9 (Black Mass) Op. 68N/A 19138+
Sonata 10 Op. 70N/A 19138+

Preludes

Prelude Op. 2 No. 2B Major 18898+
Prelude - for the Left Hand Op. 9 No. 1C-sharp Minor 18948+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 1C Major 18968+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 2A Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 3G Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 4E Minor 18888+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 5D Major 18968+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 6B Minor 18898+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 7A Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 8F-sharp Minor 18968+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 9E Major 18948+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 10C-sharp Minor 18948+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 11B Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 12G-sharp Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 13G-flat Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 14E-flat Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 15D-flat Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 16B-flat Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 17A-flat Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 18F Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 19E-flat Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 20C Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 21B-flat Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 22G Minor 18968+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 23F Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 11 No. 24D Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 13 No. 1C Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 13 No. 2A Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 13 No. 3G Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 13 No. 4E Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 13 No. 5D Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 13 No. 6B Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 15 No. 1A Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 15 No. 2F-sharp Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 15 No. 3E Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 15 No. 4E Major 18968+
Prelude Op. 15 No. 5C-sharp Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 16 No. 1B Major 18948+
Prelude Op. 16 No. 2G-sharp Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 16 No. 3G-flat Major 18948+
Prelude Op. 16 No. 4E-flat Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 16 No. 5F-sharp Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 17 No. 1D Minor 18968+
Prelude Op. 17 No. 2E-flat Major 18968+
Prelude Op. 17 No. 3D-flat Major 18968+
Prelude Op. 17 No. 4B-flat Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 17 No. 5F Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 17 No. 6B-flat Major 18958+
Prelude Op. 17 No. 7G Minor 18958+
Prelude Op. 22 No. 1G-sharp Minor 18978+
Prelude Op. 22 No. 2C-sharp Minor 18978+
Prelude Op. 22 No. 3B Major 18978+
Prelude Op. 22 No. 4B Minor 18978+
Prelude Op. 27 No. 1G Minor 19008+
Prelude Op. 27 No. 2B Major 19008+
Prelude Op. 31 No. 1N/A 19038+
Prelude Op. 31 No. 2F-sharp Minor 19038+
Prelude Op. 31 No. 3E-flat Minor 19038+
Prelude Op. 31 No. 4C Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 33 No. 1E Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 33 No. 2F-sharp Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 33 No. 3C Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 33 No. 4A-flat Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 35 No. 1B-flat Minor 19038+
Prelude Op. 35 No. 2B-flat Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 35 No. 3C Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 37 No. 1B-flat Minor 19038+
Prelude Op. 37 No. 2F-sharp Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 37 No. 3B Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 37 No. 4G Minor 19038+
Prelude Op. 39 No. 1F-sharp Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 39 No. 2D Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 39 No. 3G Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 39 No. 4A-flat Major 19038+
Prelude Op. 48 No. 1F-sharp Major 19058+
Prelude Op. 48 No. 2C Major 19058+
Prelude Op. 48 No. 3D-flat Major 19058+
Prelude Op. 48 No. 4C Major 19058+
Prelude Op. 49 No. 2F Major 19058+
Prelude Op. 51 No. 2A Minor 19068+
Prelude Op. 56 No. 1E-flat Major 19068+
Prelude Op. 59 No. 2N/A 19108+
Prelude Op. 67 No. 1N/A 19138+
Prelude Op. 67 No. 2N/A 19138+
Prelude Op. 74 No. 1N/A 19148+
Prelude Op. 74 No. 2N/A 19148+
Prelude Op. 74 No. 3N/A 19148+
Prelude Op. 74 No. 4N/A 19148+
Prelude Op. 74 No. 5N/A 19148+

Etudes

Etude Op. 2 No. 1C-sharp Minor 18878+
Etude Op. 8 No. 1C-sharp Minor 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 2F-sharp Minor 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 3B Minor 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 4B Major 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 5E Major 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 6A Major 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 7B-flat Minor 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 8A-flat Major 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 9G-sharp Minor 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 10D-flat Major 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 11B-flat Minor 18948+
Etude Op. 8 No. 12D-sharp Minor 18948+
Etude Op. 42 No. 1D-flat Major 19038+
Etude Op. 42 No. 2F-sharp Minor 19038+
Etude Op. 42 No. 3F-sharp Major 19038+
Etude Op. 42 No. 4F-sharp Major 19038+
Etude Op. 42 No. 5C-sharp Minor 19038+
Etude Op. 42 No. 6D-flat Major 19038+
Etude Op. 42 No. 7F Minor 19038+
Etude Op. 42 No. 8E-flat Major 19038+
Etude Op. 49 No. 1E-flat Major 19058+
Etude Op. 56 No. 4N/A 19088+
Etude Op. 65 No. 1N/A 19128+
Etude Op. 65 No. 2N/A 19128+
Etude Op. 65 No. 3N/A 19128+

Mazurkas

Mazurka Op. 3 No. 1B Minor 18897
Mazurka Op. 3 No. 2F-sharp Minor 18897
Mazurka Op. 3 No. 3G Minor 18897
Mazurka Op. 3 No. 4E Major 18897
Mazurka Op. 3 No. 5D-sharp Minor 18897
Mazurka Op. 3 No. 6C-sharp Major 18897
Mazurka Op. 3 No. 7E Minor 18897
Mazurka Op. 3 No. 8B-flat Minor 18897
Mazurka Op. 3 No. 9G-sharp Minor 18897
Mazurka Op. 3 No. 10E-flat Minor 18898
Mazurka Op. 25 No. 1F Minor 18998
Mazurka Op. 25 No. 2C Major 18998
Mazurka Op. 25 No. 3E Minor 18997
Mazurka Op. 25 No. 4E Major 18998
Mazurka Op. 25 No. 5C-sharp Major 18998+
Mazurka Op. 25 No. 6F-sharp Major 18998
Mazurka Op. 25 No. 7F-sharp Minor 18998
Mazurka Op. 25 No. 8B Minor 18998
Mazurka Op. 25 No. 9E-flat Minor 18998
Mazurka Op. 40 No. 1D-flat Major 19028+
Mazurka Op. 40 No. 2F-sharp Major 19038

Miscellaneous pieces

Waltz Op. 1F Minor 18858+
Nocturne - for the left hand Op. 9 No. 2D-flat Major 18948+
Waltz Op. 38A-flat Major 19038+
Vers la flamme - Poème Op. 72N/A 19148+


Forum posts about Alexander Scriabin

Alexander Scriabin: Pieces Ranked in Difficulty, with comprehensive commentary by hmoll53
Link to Google Docs: docs.google.com/document/d/19ISFhubJhapl5P5Cd4-l-K_m-d1MBnwDQ-dTaQh9GSA/edit?usp=sharing This list covers all composit...

Scriabin's music by soderlund
Does anyone have a reliable list of his works? I have searched the internet but I can't find anything good. I would like to know which ...

Scriabin is G-O-D ! by Hodi
HE WROTE THE BEST PIANO SONATAS! (After beethoven) the most gothic and atmopheric preludes he had dark romantic style and a total new tonali...

Re: Scriabin by bertrand
Scriabin was a miniaturist by nature and wrote preludes througout his life, so the complete preludes give you a good idea of the broad sweep...

Scriabin and his two periods by Presto Agitato
As we all know in his first composition period he was very influenced by Chopin´s music.  In his second period, he did revolution the...