A Great Russian Tone-Poet, Scriabin

A Great Russian Tone-Poet, Scriabin

A Great Russian Tone-Poet, Scriabin

A Great Russian Tone-Poet, Scriabin

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Have you ever considered what a truly wonderful and deeply mystical thing a musical sound is? If you sprinkle some light sand on a pianoforte lid or, better still, on a specially arranged vibration plate, and strike a complete chord, the sand will begin to dance about and finally settle down into a beautiful geometrical pattern; strike another chord and the gyrating sand will finally dispose itself into a set of four roses or something equally interesting. Now thump the piano lid with your fist and the sand will heap itself up anyhow. That represents the difference between musical sound and noise.

But perhaps the most mystical part of sound and light too is that there is no such material at all. Both are vibration interpreted differently. That is all.

If you were to start the full organ in Westminster Abbey going by some mechanical process and go away closing the Abbey to everyone, but leaving the organ going at full blast, the Abbey would be

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