Alexander Scriabin and His World
The course provides an outline of music history with a particular emphasis on Scriabin’s oeuvre and his ideas both in philosophy and in music. The course therefore will include signficant additional material long before Scriabin (such as Glinka, Dargomyzhsky, Mussorgsky) as well that which succeeded his life and work (different endeavors related to Scriabin in the 20th and 21st Centuries). The course will discuss Scriabin’s music in greater detail, to be analyzed across wide-ranging cultural, contextual, music, and philosophical trends. The goal is to form an understanding of Scriabin’s role from all these perspectives, while also increasing students’ knowledge of music history. The music of Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev will be also be discussed. Students will be engaged in the literature selected for the course in addition to pariticipating in the teacher’s lectures and seminars.