“The Symphony, Part 10: Scriabin to Barber”
Russian composer Alexander Scriabin time-travels to the present day, where he takes a limousine tour of Manhattan. Astonished at the bustling modern city, he looks out the window and sees something he’s never seen before. It instantly brings music to his inner ear; specifically, the opening chord of Beethoven’s seventh symphony. A moment later, that harmony disappears and the final chord of Mahler’s first symphony rings in his ears. A few seconds later, that fades and he hears the opening sounds of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony.
What had he seen out the window?
While you’re thinking, head over to the website to enjoy Scriabin’s third symphony and to learn more about the interesting sensory phenomenon that influenced his later works.
By James Andrewes
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