The first composer to combine light and sound? Balalike it!

Remembering one of the greatest Russian pianists


1. Prélude Op. 11, 1

2. Prélude Op. 11, 2

3. Mazurka Op. 40, No. 2

Russian composer and pianist Alexander Scriabin was a true pioneer, one who did not see music as something able to exist by itself.

Having been influenced by Frédéric Chopin, he inspired many other composers and listeners. You can recognize his songs by their strong impulsiveness, nervousness and emotional coloring. The last trait is the most important. Being a virtuoso composer, he tried to literally transmit this colorfulness, making Scriabin the first composer in history to combine music with light. For him, fire was the main conductor, connecting sound and light. He drew inspiration from fire — the only living, emotional source of light. And it is no coincidence that many of his compositions feature the words "light" and "fire" in their titles.

But he didn't stop there. "Mystery" was his main goal. It had to be a symphony that would combine sound, color, light, smell and movement. Scriabin’s aim was to connect Spirit and Matter, although ultimately his all-embracing concept did not come to fruition. Alexander Scriabin in 1915, 100 years ago. 

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