One of the group's early inspirations was Alexander Scriabin
, a Russian composer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who dreamed of creating a work of art that would occupy every sense, driving the audience into a transcendental state.
French poet Charles Baudelaire, Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov, French composer Olivier Messaien, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin
and the British painter David Hockney have all been linked to synaesthesia over the years and expressed it through their work.
Some of the most important components of the aesthetic of Art Nouveau--strictness of form, dynamic, flowing lines, vagueness, eroticism--can be found in the music of Alexander Scriabin
(1872-1915), a Russian composer whose music, very much like Art Nouveau, rose around 1895 and fell into eclipse after World War I until its rediscovery in the 1960s.
Onstage, virtuoso Christopher O'Riley swathes the action in astonishingly pungent renderings of piano etudes and preludes by Alexander Scriabin
and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
The Foundation has also received support from the Embassy of Israel in bringing the hugely talented pianist Elisha Abas - the great grandson of composer Alexander Scriabin
- to these shores.
Essays address music functioning within esoteric and scientific traditions and theories and works by authors like Marsilio Ficino, Tommaso Campanella, Athanasius Kircher, Johannes Kepler, Marin Mersenne, Abu Ma'shar, and Giovanni Battista della Porta, or the influence of those traditions on musical works, such as pieces by John Dowland, Ferruccio Busoni, Orlando di Lasso, Alexander Scriabin
, and Anton Webern.
Dorothy Ryan played two challenging works, Prelude Opus 16 #1 by Alexander Scriabin
and Odeon by Ernest Nazareth, with great finesse.
Szymanowski's influences were myriad: One hears in this concerto the decedent excess of post-Wagnarian romanticism, the exoticism of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the mysticism of Alexander Scriabin
, and the impressionism of Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
Like the orchestral music by Alexander Scriabin
(1872-1915), composer Scott G is hoping listeners to the "Burning Man Soundscapes" tracks achieve a state of synesthesia, where senses become blended and there is a euphoric reaction to the pure sonics and beats.
He has recorded solo piano works by Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Alexander Scriabin
and Rachmaninoff; concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff; and sonatas by Beethoven and Franz Schubert.