Saturday, October 24, 2015

Prelude and Dance of the Mystic Flames

William E. Rhoads’ setting for band entitled Prelude and Dance of the Mystic Flames was suggested by the Prelude in C, Op 13, No 1, for piano of Alexander Scriabin. Paying a nod to Scriabin’s interest in mysticism, the arrangement captures the lush and complex harmonic sonorities and dissonant musical system of the original Scriabin piano Prelude, opening with a slow and majestic andante, and concluding with a brisk and furious allegro. (Source: JRO)

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