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Offline imaginatorium

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Scriabin making pianos
« on: June 12, 2015, 10:10:56 AM »
The Wikipedia article on Scriabin is interesing, but includes an odd throwaway line: "He sometimes gave away pianos he had built to house guests." See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Scriabin#Childhood_and_education_.281872.E2.80.931893.29

This appears to be in his childhood: I can just about imagine a young, single-handed person making a violin, but "making" a piano sounds near-impossible. Does anyone know any more about this, or can explain if/how it is some sort of misunderstanding?

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Re: Scriabin making pianos
«Reply #1 on: June 12, 2015, 10:30:30 AM »
Yeah, I always thought that was weird. Definitely a misunderstanding. Only believable if it were cardboard/paper mache pianos.

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Re: Scriabin making pianos
«Reply #2 on: June 12, 2015, 12:19:47 PM »
I've read the biogaphy of his life, by Faubion Bowers, many years ago. That can't be accurate and doesn't seem  to fit into the general picture in a general sense either.
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Re: Scriabin making pianos
«Reply #3 on: June 12, 2015, 02:33:54 PM »
I've read the biogaphy of his life, by Faubion Bowers, many years ago. That can't be accurate and doesn't seem  to fit into the general picture in a general sense either.
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Re: Scriabin making pianos
«Reply #4 on: June 12, 2015, 02:55:27 PM »
The Wikipedia article on Scriabin is interesting, but includes an odd throwaway line: "He sometimes gave away pianos he had built to house guests." See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Scriabin#Childhood_and_education_.281872.E2.80.931893.29

If he built pianos to house guests, then those pianos would have to be quite large.


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Re: Scriabin making pianos
«Reply #5 on: June 17, 2015, 01:40:04 PM »
If he built pianos to house guests, then those pianos would have to be quite large.

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That must take time to build. Now I understand why his pieces are so short  :P

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Re: Scriabin making pianos
«Reply #6 on: June 17, 2015, 04:25:34 PM »
I think that maybe he constructed the "Mega Imperial Bösendorfer" with tones so low in pitch that you only can feel them.  Unfortunately the instrument now is lost to history, so to speak.


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