Colors of a mystic fire: light and sound in Scriabin's Prometheus
American Journal of Semiotics, 13, (1-4), .
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Around the year 1905, the oversensitive artistic imagination of Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin seized upon the idea of a great mystery rite in which human souls would be raised to the transcendent spheres of the universe and the history of the world would reach its end. In Scriabin's project, this ecstatic flight of souls, and the attendant end of the material world, required that he use all manner of expressive arts-music, poetry, dance, coloured lights, and odours-at work together in an impressive artistic feat. Therefore the project of Mysterium demanded a renewed unification of arts previously separated in the course of their historical development
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