Scriabin, a Biography

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 636 pages

This definitive biography of Alexander Scriabin (1871 1915), newly revised and updated by the author, incorporates many confessional letters and personal reminiscences in a vivid, highly personal portrait of the controversial Russian composer. One of the visionary pioneers who sought a new musical language at least a full decade before the advances of Stravinsky and Schoenberg Scriabin immersed himself in a search for a way to express, in sound, the mystical and theosophical ideals that obsessed him.
This monumental biography probes the complexities of the composer's personal revolution as it chronicles the turbulent events of his upbringing, marital life, and career: his tours of Europe and America, abandonment of his wife, brushes with homosexuality and madness, and the flowering of an unrealized vision to synthesize all of art and life in an all-encompassing final work. Originally published in two volumes, the work is republished here in one volume unabridged, complete with a catalog of Scriabin's works and 49 rare photographs.
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Contents

BOOK
5
Authors Note
7
KALEIDOSCOPE OF RUSSIAN MUSIC
15
II
28
For and Against
75
II
85
I
99
II
115
XVI
316
XVII
330
9
351
Break with Vera
III
IV
V
VI

IV
140
V
155
VI
171
VII
189
Abroad
202
IX
212
X
227
ΧΙ
245
XII
257
XIII
267
XIV
287
XV
304
End of Vera
VII
VIII
IX
X
ΧΙ
XII
XIII
Finale
CATALOG OF SCRIABINS WORKS
INDEX OF PRINCIPAL NAMES
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