Scriabin for Neuroscientists : A Study in Syn-aesthetics
The book explores the coloured tonality in the music of the avant-garde Russian composer and pianist, Alexander N. Scriabin (1872-1915). It reviews his biographies and direct testimonies, especially the willful inditing of auditory, visual, olfactory and tactile elements into his late composing act towards a multisensory integration. A special reference is made to Scriabins 1914 encounter with the physician and psychologist Charles S. Myers (1873-1946) at the University of Cambridge. Inborn synaesthesia is disentangled from the consciously contrived syn-aesthetics. In Scriabins case, the term synaesthesia - often associated with the composer - may more accurately pertain to philosophical aesthetics (aisthetike) than psychophysiological sensation (aisthesis). Scriabins amalgam of music, spectacle and intuition at the dawn of the previous century antedates the multimedia actuality of our era.
- Paperback | 120 pages
- 128.52 x 198.37 x 7.62mm | 185.97g
- 06 Jun 2015
- Createspace Independent Pub