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Scriabin's preludes Op. 11 #559938 02/15/04 07:43 PM
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How are those pieces in terms of difficulty?
Also, having never heard one, how beautiful are they?
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Re: Scriabin's preludes Op. 11 #559939 02/15/04 09:01 PM
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They have some of the MIDIs here:
http://www.classicalarchives.com

I love Scriabin preludes. I say go for it. Op. 16 has my favorite prelude (I LOVE no. 3, but it ishly difficult)

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Also, having never heard one, how beautiful are they?
Stunningly beautiful, Gorgeous. Ruth Laredo has a recording of them on (Phoenix) CD and it's great.

My favorites are #'s: 7,1 11, 12, 19, 29, 21 and 24. Especially favorite are #11 and #21.

I don't know what level you are at, but I would imagine they are intermediate to advanced. Some that I've read and found accessible are #5, #9, #13, #15 (Oooh. Another nice one!), #21.


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I think I read somewhere that the op.11 preludes are the easier set of preludes by Scriabin. Most of Scriabin is quite difficult, with some of the pieces from op.11 being an exception. Some of the op.11 preludes are really easy and delighful trifles of music. Some are only a page long. In terms of beauty, they are quite nice, but not as beautiful as his larger preludes or etudes or sonatas.


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I agree. Scriabin's op. 11 has some wonderful pieces. Most are one or two pages. A number of the more beautiful ones are relatively straight forward from a technical standpoint.

I'd recommend, by way of contrast, Evgeny Zarafiants' CD, Preludes Vol. 1, NAXOS 8.553997. It has all of op. 11 and 15, plus the op. 9, no. 1 (for the left hand only) which is also a wonderful piece.

His tempo is slower than most but quite effective. The piano he used for this recording is one of the best I have ever heard on CD.

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Originally posted by Bernard:
Stunningly beautiful, Gorgeous.

My favorites are #'s: 7,1 11, 12, 19, 29, 21 and 24. Especially favorite are #11 and #21.

Yesiree, Scriabin is HUGE in BRooklyn. You can't go anywhere without hearing his music blasting from a Cadillac Escalade laugh

Get a complete recording of the PReludes and get the cheap Dover Complete PReludes and Etudes and spend some time listening. You will find many incredible gems and some which are quite playable. I play the op 11 Nos 5 and 10, op 16 no 1.

I agree with Bernard about #11, it is ravishingly beautiful. I'm always surprised that Horowitz, the great Scriabinist , never recorded this one.

Bernard, do you play the 11-11? I wonder how that sounds on an August Foerster 190?

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I agree with everything said here (except maybe the part about blaring from Cadillacs in Brooklyn [Linked Image])

I'd get the whole set and pick through them. There are several that, technically are quite easy - the challenge is in shading and bringing out the melody and nuance. I agree, that of the preludes, this opus is the best place to start. They're all, IMO, very beautiful.

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Bernard, do you play the 11-11? I wonder how that sounds on an August Foerster 190?
Christopher,

I can read it with a little effort. If I worked on it for a few months, I'd have it. It's on my list of works to learn, a list that keeps getting longer and longer....


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