Radio Mysteria

The composer Alexander Scriabin saw his Mysterium as a place where humanity could transcend itself through the medium of music.  In Emanuel E.Garcia’s essay, “Scriabin’s Mysterium and the Birth of Genius”, Garcia writes: “The Mysterium was a world Scriabin’s genius created to sustain its own evolution. It was simultaneously a refuge, a protectorate, an ever-present inspiration. It solved the problem of atonality and the approaching dead-end of classical music”.

Because Scriabin’s ideals were reaching their apex just before the outbreak of World War I, the world was perhaps not ready to receive his news of transcendence, either universal or personal. After the war art and culture became less about the universal, and more about the specific, and experimentation–not unification–became the rule. It is almost as if that place, that time in history remained frozen, it’s objectives incomplete.

There were other composers who followed Scriabin’s aesthetics, and ultimately ideals. Karol Szymanowski’s Symphony #3, “Song of the Night” is perhaps the best-known work by another composer to incorporate the almost eschatological fervor that Scriabin sought to bring to music. Composers like Nikolai Roslavets also followed in Scriabin’s footsteps, creating miniatures which, like Scriabin’s, were almost templates for the kind of advanced tonal harmony Scriabin was developing for the Mysterium.

Because there is a whole range of this kind of music written not only during Scriabin’s lifetime but in the years after, the idea of creating an internet radio station based on this music seemed a logical step not only in correlating the music, but disseminating it. Thus Radio Mysteria was born.  The station features a wide range of music, both from Scriabin’s time and ours. Recently added tracks include: Szymanowski’s “Mythes” from the album “The Shakespeare Concerts Series, Vol. 4“, and the Messiaen “Vocalise” from the album “Belle Nuit“, both on Navona Records, as well as contemporary classical improviser Glenn Stallcop’s “Around the Dry Tank” from his “Ash Fork Verses: Set #1” .

Ultimately, my goal in creating this radio station is to present music not only influenced by Scriabin’s “Mysterium”, but ultimately the ideals of mystery and transcendence in art that the Mysterium represents.

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