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"Poem of Extasy doesn't have anything to do with sex"

I think that's a matter of opinion! ;-)

In Faubion Bower's biography, he quotes Scriabin's remark that he could not compose unless he was in the state of extreme sexual excitation (!). Furthermore, if you just look at some of the titles of his piano pieces, it becomes clear what the inspiration is. As Yevgeni Sudbin writes in the booklet notes for one of his own recordings of Scriabin's piano music:
Scriabin was also the first to introduce sex into his music, and quite explicitly too.
While acknowledging Brahms' romanticism and Wagner's gardens of worldly tempta -
tions, Scriabin went several steps further, when he wrote music entitled Desire, Danced
Caress, Sensual Delights and, above all, the Poem of Ecstasy. Some of the passages from
the accompanying poem leave little to the imagination and are too explicit to mention (as
is indeed the music, but even censorship has a limit).
But whether one thinks there is sex in Scriabin's music or not, I do agree with you that he is indeed a "super composer".


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