b Moscow, 6 January 1872
d Moscow, 27 April 1915, aged forty-three
He spent nine years in the Moscow Army Cadet Corps, where music was one of the subjects studied. He entered the Moscow Conservatory in 1888, but left without a diploma. He then made a concert tour as a pianist from 1895-1896, and in 1898 became professor of piano at the Moscow Conservatory, resigning in 1903 in order to live in Switzerland and compose. He went back to Russia in 1909 and in 1910 toured extensively. He died suddenly of a tumour on the lip.
Reverie, for orchestra
Symphony No 1 in E major
Symphony No 2 in C minor
Symphony No 3 in C major, The Divine Poem
Poem of Ecstasy, for orchestra
Poem of Fire - Prometheus, for orchestra, piano, chorus ad lib, organ and colour keyboard
Skriabin also composed: ten piano sonatas (1892-1913); eighty-four preludes for piano; twenty-one mazurkas for piano; eight impromptus for piano; twenty-three studies for piano; fifteen 'poems' for piano.