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2 Dances Op. 73: No. 2. Flammes Sombres
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I love the delicacy of the opening, that it doesn't poke you in the eye. Modern without being dissonant, ethereal is a good word, mystical, like a magician rubbing his hands togather and disappearing to a different place in a puff of smoke, a place not of this earth. I want to say it's reminiscent of impressionism almost as though he took Debussy as a starting point and just took it to a whole new place, a sound I don't think anyone has heard before or since. I admire the style he moulded that is so far away from everything else, a voice of his own which is one of the hardest things to do in music, the first few notes and you know who it is. A surprise at the end that is a bit chaotic and ends rather abruptly which I suspect is symbolic. Really liked it and feel as though I'm starting to get a feel for the essence of his sound and of the state of his character he became to be in his later years. I read that he was popular even from the beginning before he changed his style which surprised me, with a sound like that I would think people would loose interest.

Sebastian-Benedict Flore

It is dissonant. It was a new kind of harmony (and texture) that has still not been explored by composers. Debussy was a contemporary of Scriabin, born ten years prior but died 3 years after Scriabin. I believe Debussy started composing seriously later in his life than Skrjabin. They both went in new directions but neither was really influenced by the other. Debussy worked alongside other composers and artists, such as Stravinsky and Ravel and was taught by Durand. Skrjabin attended conservatoire with Rachmaninoff and studied under Russian greats like Arensky and, I believe, Tanayev. Debussy explored harmony and texture, influenced by music from other countries and cultures. Scriabin, like Debussy, wanted to try more colouristic textures but went down a very different path harmonically. He, instead, went for his own, synthetic harmony - quite ingenious. Primarily from the octatonic and acoustic scales, he derived his own new scales and chords and, hence, harmony. He has more rigid and eccentric structure to his music and the textures change strictly according to his set structure. There usually seems more meaning and a story to tell in Scriabin's texture where as Debussy is much more a preponderance than a story. I think Debussy is more for listening to than thinking about. His structure is more organic but the harmony is, in some ways less so. He, like other French composers, makes use of the whole tone and pentatonic scales. You can clearly see his inspirations from Javanese Gamelan and Spanish music. Scriabin's earlier works show a clear Chopin influence. Both composers (and virtually every pianist composer born after 1809) expressed a great appreciation of and admiration for Chopin.

Philip Daniel

The very opening of Guirlandes pits an arpeggiated (melodic) G Augmented Major Seventh chord against an arpeggiated (non-melodic) A Dominant Seventh chord. Both traditionally dissonant, unstable harmonies. -- but in Scriabin's para-tonal universe, perhaps derived from synthetic modes / scales (the first measure alone suggesting something like Scriabin's favorite Lydian Dominant or Acoustic Scale with its sharp fourth and flat seventh degrees), utterly delicious in their seemingly aimless yet colorful ambiguity.

נימרוד שפר

What great dances, you can really feel the rythem making you want to dance

J Martin

Sofronitsky is so special in this msic ! Of if only scriabin could have lived another 20 years . He was always stretching and following new movements .what would if he had experienced Varese,Messiaen , Boulez ,Wuorinen,Sessions,Perle. Stockhausen etche is very close to in his need to ide-prophesy and construct !


I do wish Scriabin could have lived to old age, but the vilification of his music by the Soviet government would require him to go into exile, perhaps in Paris.


one of his best!


Sublime version! Elegant and fluid without the harsh bitterness found in others. Didn't know Sofronitzky. Great encounter. Thanks.


one of his best!

Richard Ziegler

What a rollercoaster, incredible.

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