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Scriabin, Alexandre Nikolaevich

(1872- 1915). Russian composer born in Moscow on January 6, 1872. He was very much a mystic and indeed his first symphony composed in 1900 has a choral finale that glorifies art as a form of religion. In 1905 he received a copy of Helena P. Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine from Jean Delville and became a student of theosophy. In 1913, through Prometheus, Poem of Fire, he attempted to link sound and color, describing the descent and ascension of the logos into and from matter; in his program notes for this work he attributed it to theosophy. He died in Moscow on April 27, 1915.

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