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

Introduction to the Dover Edition
5
Authors Note
7
VOLUME
11
KALEIDOSCOPE OF RUSSIAN MUSIC I Origins
15
Atmosphere
28
History SI IV Malaise
63
SCRIABIN
64
For and Against
75
Tour
212
Marriage
227
Second Tour
245
Professorship
257
Two Symphonies
267
Professorship continued
287
Opera
304
Philosophy
316

Among the Soviets For a While
85
I Family
99
Cadet Corps
100
II
115
Music
126
Conservatory
140
V
155
Reputation ISS VI Love
171
Maecenas
189
Abroad
202
Middle Masterworks
330
VIII
IX
126
X
XII
XIII
XIV
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