Scriabin – Prometheus, poem of fire


A tone poem, written in 1910 by Alexander Scriabin. It was performed in 1915 in the form that Scriabin envisioned: with a clavier à lumières, a colour organ that Scriabin invented. This colour organ projected coloured light on a screen. The score has two bars showing what needed to be played in this device.

Only one of these has even been built, for the performance at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1915. It was the first, and might be the only performance of the piece in its entirety. The light is referring to the legendary act of Prometheus stealing fire from the gods. As reference to this legend, there is not much else in the composition.

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