Sonata No. 5 (Scriabin)

Sonata No. 5 (Scriabin)

The fifth piano sonata, Op. 53 written by Alexander Scriabin in 1907 marks the end of his Romantic period and the beginning of his atonal period. The piece consists of five themes, which intertwine and evolve throughout the piece: the intense, dissonant trill and glissando in the opening; a slow, languishing introductory theme; a dance-like "presto" based on material from the languishing theme and serving as the first subject group; a transition marked "imperioso"; and a "meno vivo" that serves as the second subject group (see sonata form).

Scriabin included an epigraph to this sonata, taken from his long poetic work "The Poem of Ecstasy" (not to be confused with his Symphony No. 4 "Poem of Ecstasy", Op. 54.) The epigraph reads, "I summon you to life, hidden longings! You, drowned in the dark depths of the creative spirit, you fearful embryos of life, I bring you daring!"

This is Scriabin's most recorded sonata. The legendary pianist Sviatoslav Richter is said to have described it as "the" most difficult piece in the entire piano repertory. A typical performance is about 11-12 minutes.

Check for recordings by Vladimir Horowitz, Sviatoslav Richter, Vladimir Sofronitsky, Samuil Feinberg, and Glenn Gould.

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