Thursday, September 10, 2020

Alexander Scriabin's "Poem of Ecstasy" op. 54


Alexander Scriabin's "Poem of Ecstasy" op. 54 parts 1 and 2  


Russian composer and pianist Alexander Scriabin wrote "Poem of Ecstasy" op. 54 also known as his 4th symphony. The music is from the album Scriabin Piano Concerto/Poem of Ecstasy performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Donald Johnson, conductor; Richard Gianguilio, solo trumpet; Philip Ruder, solo violin.  

The liner notes on my album is worth repeating here:  "His (Scriabin's) life was constantly in ferment, and though he ran at fever pitch he never indulged in stimulants (with the exception of beautiful women..."  In other words, Scriabin was a mad man high on testosterone with a youthful lust of the flesh as exemplified in his fervent passion for women. 

Poem of Ecstasy is divided into three parts.  The first part is a Prologue which is identified as "Striving after the Ideal" and "Awakening of the Soul".  The solo violin is heard in a theme of "Ecstatic Love".  The trumpet solo announces the "Will to Arise" at the final portion. 

I do not own the copyright to the music and the recording. Photos used on video clip was appropriated from the original album (Vox Production Inc. ) and Alexander Scriabin:  The Complete Piano Sonatas. This video is posted for educational use under Section 17 U.S. Code § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use.

Hope you enjoy. sDg.

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