Scriabine [Scriabin], Aleksandr. (1872–1915)
6 Préludes pour Piano, op. 13
Leipzig: Edition M. P. Belaieff. 1897. First edition.
15 pp. [PN] 1391. Rare. Wrappers and last page detached from staple binding; writing and stamps to front wrapper; overall very good. 10.5 x 13 inches (26.5 x 33.5 cm).
"If one can point to a consistent characteristic in Scriabin's preludes, whose composition spanned from 1888 to 1914, it is brevity; most of the individual preludes are no longer than one and a half to two minutes. The Six Preludes, Op. 13 (1895) are no exception, though at nearly three minutes the first prelude of the set stretches the limits a bit. The Six Preludes date from a stage in the composer's career when he was still palpably under the influence of Chopin and Liszt. Indeed, the first prelude, marked Maestoso, is certainly one of Scriabin's most Lisztian works, featuring a serene melody, rich harmonies, and a rapturous glow that recall so many of the Hungarian master's ecstatic religious pieces." (Robert Cummings, AllMusic.)