Numerical symbology insome of Skrjabin’s
piano works, in “Journal of the Scriabin Society of
Vol.10, No.1, Winter 2005-2006, pp.41-55.
a formal point of view, Scriabin's invention seems to be rather simple with
frequent repetitions of phrases or whole sections. Yet it is necessary not to
dwell upon this first impression. One must try to determine whether the use of
repetitive and often symmetrical forms result from a possible hidden structure
expressing itself by numbers or proportions. In fact, according to Scriabin,
music was fundamentally a mathematical science.It is a tangible manifestation of
the hidden properties of numbers in accordance with an ancient conception that
dates back to Pythagoras from Samo.
use of schematics expressed itself primarily in a formal architecture square. He
would calculate the exact function of every note when he started the composition
of a new work. He maintained "form must be as clear as a quartz crystal".
the importance of number in Scriabin's musical works, biographer Leonid Sabaneev
states that the composer based his works especially upon rational structural
formulas. According to Sabaneev, the omnipresence of number in the Universe
should also have an influence on the "Work of total Art". Hence there
is the utmost rigour in the derived structure. "Scriabin
loved to illustrate his thought by means of diagrams and graphs. He drew them
very accurately with a ruler and a compass. By the use of lines and geometrical
shapes, he tried to represent the relations among the world, man and God, among
reality, art and religion".
F.Bowers: Scriabin. A Biography of the Russian Composer, Tokio and
Palo Alto, Kodansha International Ltd (1969), II, p.332.
B.de Schloezer, Alexandre Scriabin, Moskva 1923, p.123.
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