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Today in WMH: Armageddon at the Edge of a Shaving Blade.


4/14 Today in Weird Music History: 1915.  Russian composer and mystic, Alexander Scriabin died from blood poisoning, possibly the result of a shaving accident.  His final work, Mysterium, was left unfinished.  Scriabin intended that the performance of this work would last 7 days and be presented in India at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range.  The end of the performance would bring about an actual apocalypse where the human race would be replaced by more highly evolved, nobler beings.

“There will not be a single spectator. All will be participants. The work requires special people, special artists and a completely new culture. The cast of performers includes an orchestra, a large mixed choir, an instrument with visual effects, dancers, a procession, incense, and rhythmic textural articulation. The cathedral in which it will take place will not be of one single type of stone but will continually change with the atmosphere and motion of the Mysterium. This will be done with the aid of mists and lights, which will modify the architectural contours.”—Alexander Scriabin

‘Tis a pity he died before attempting to mount this piece! Well, maybe not…


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