Friday, January 9, 2009

The Constantly Evolving Musician

There is a Mozart sound and one can recognize Beethoven's music from early on to his last works, but it would be hard to imagine a musician whose musical vision grew and evolved more than that of Alexander Scriabin. Born on Christmas day (Julian calendar) 1872 Scriabin followed in his mother's footsteps by learning piano at an early age. He was in love with the music of Chopin and would sleep with scores of the Polish master under his pillow at night. His first works were Chopin-like, but that was only the start of an ever changing voice. At his all too early death in 1915, Scriabin was the most avant-garde musician of his time.

On the piano this Sunday a Life in Preludes. We hear Alexander Scriabin's entire musical life from first composed prelude to the Opus 74 that sounds like something from well, outer space! On the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 here on KPAC and KTXI.

host Randy Anderson

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