Alexander Scriabin
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!

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Alexander Scriabin - Etudes:

Op. 8 No. 12

Key: D-sharp Minor
Year: 1894
Level: 8+
Period: Late Romantic
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Two minutes on the brink of madness

This piece requires a lot of energy over its roughly two minutes. Horowitz loved to use it as a fiery and technical encore. The pounding octaves and building intensity throughout paint a picture of someone teetering on the brink of madness. Pianists with smaller hands are left adrift because of the 11ths required in the left hand. Because of the way the piece grabs you and doesn’t let go, it’s a definite showstopper!


The twelve Etudes in Op. 8 were written when Scriabin was a young pianist-composer in his early twenties, and can almost be seen as his pianistic manifesto, trying to place himself alongside Chopin and Liszt. His bold originality is already evident in these charged, turbulent and sophisticated pieces.

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Piano sheet music and recordings. This piece is from Etudes by Alexander Scriabin: Etude Op. 8 No. 12 in D-sharp Minor (published in 1894) . Level 8+, Period: Late Romantic
Etude Op. 8 No. 12 in D-sharp Minor, by the late romantic composer Alexander Scriabin. This piano piece was initially published in the year 1894 and is included in Etudes by Scriabin.