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Scriabin: Complete Piano Sonatas
Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, 29 January 2015 - 8:00 PM
"The ten sonatas cover the successive periods of his artistic development, the first four illustrating the early and intermediate phases, the fifth dominated by the 'mystic' chord and manner, and the others entering into trances beyond normal understanding."
-Ernest Hutcheson, The Literature of the Piano (1949)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of composer Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915). Scriabin's music is heard today primarily at the keyboard - his ten piano sonatas and hundreds of preludes, etudes, and "poems," many of them bearing titles, are numerically the bulk of his output.

Because of the size of this body of work, it closely tracks the evolution of a musical language. Scriabin's earliest works display Chopin's influence in their romantic melodies. Late works anticipate the twelve-tone revolution soon to come - but with a basis in mysticism rather than mathematics.

In tonight's concert, NEC piano students will perform all ten of the sonatas. This will take you on a speedy trip through the evolving sound of piano music in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the personal journey of a romantic visionary. After the Fourth Sonata, all are single-movement works of increasing brevity, fleeing the comfort zones of classical sonata form and traditional harmony. The Seventh Sonata, known as the "White Mass," and Ninth Sonata, or "Black Mass," speak for themselves. "Vers la flame" ("Into the flame"), coming two opus numbers after the Tenth Sonata, constitutes a sort of un-numbered Eleventh Sonata.
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Scriabin: Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 6
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