"Alexander Scriabin and his Music" by Sigfried Schibli

A very good insight into the life and work of Alexander Scriabin gives us the book "Alexander Scriabin und seine Musik" by the swiss musicologist Mr. Sigfried Schibli. Mr. Schibli is considered Scriabin-expert and excerpts out of his book are found in the booklets of "Pervez Mody plays Scriabin". Compiled by the musicologist Mr. Daniel Thiemeyer:

"...Alexander Scriabin has entered the history of music as one of its most innovative, most exceptional figures. An immensely gifted pianists and musician, after Richard Wagner he became one of the greatest advocates of the Gesamtkunstwerk, the unified work of art encompassing all the human senses. However, his magnum opus "Le Mystère" remained unfinished at his premature, tragic death.

A famous diary entry at the end of 1904 strongly attests to Scriabins growing egomania:

"I am nothing. I am only what I create. All that exists, exists only in my consciousness. Everything arises from my activity, which is in turn only that which my activity creates. Therefore it is impossibe to say that the world exists. (...) The world (space and time) is a creative process in me, which in turn encompasses nothing other than the world." 


Alexander's father, Nikolay Alexandrovich, was a member of a long-established, aristocratic military family but broke away from this tradition to study law. He soon became acquainted with the concert pianists Lyubov Petrovna whom he married after abandoning his studies in 1871. Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin was born in Moscow on 25 December 1871 in the Julian calendar or 06. January 1872 in the Gregorian calendar. His father, who had also studied oriental languages an took up a high diplomatic post in the Ottoman Empire soon after graduation, was able to guarantee a materially untroubled education for the boy and facilitate his development as a professional concert pianist.

 Scriabin had been attracting attention from a very early age but his musical socialisation was interrupted when his mother died of pulmonary tuberculosis in April 1873 aged only 23. His Aunt Lyubov, grandmother and great-aunts therefor took charge of bringing up the young Alexander, whom they affectionately called Sascha.