Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy: An Introduction
On November 13, The Cleveland Orchestra led by Franz Welser-Möst presents an exhilarating evening of music that includes two works by Beethoven—the ebullient Symphony No. 4 and an arrangement of the demanding Grosse Fuge—the New York premiere of Matthias Pintscher's Chute d’Étoiles for Two Trumpets and Orchestra, and concludes with Scriabin’s mystical Poem of Ecstasy.
Here, Jeremy Geffen, our director of artistic planning, discusses The Poem of Ecstasy and the eccentric character—who claimed the gift of synesthesia and believed himself to be the center of a cult—who composed it.
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