(1872 - 1915). Russian composer. His early piano works were inspired by those of Chopin and Liszt, with an increasing affinity for the lush harmonic textures of Wagner. Interests in mystical philosophies, especially theosophy, greatly inspired his later music. This also propelled him to even more innovative harmonic techniques.
His 'Poems' for piano, and his 10 Sonatas (especially "White Mass" and "Black Mass") are among his unique contributions to the piano repertoire. In orchestral music, his "Poem of Ecstasy" (Symphony no 4) influenced the first generation of 20th century composers.
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