Étude in C sharp minor Op.2 No.1
Category: 10-piece Brass
Duration: 2' 40"
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It might be regarded as sacrilegious to adapt what pianists regard as an iconic work, but its C sharp minor gloom is well suited to flat-key instruments. Scriabin's boyhood idol was Chopin, and his early music sounds much like that of his classmate Rachmaninov, although he was later to follow his own path. It is ironical that Rachmaninov with his famously large hands regarded himself as a composer and resented having to perform to make ends meet; while Scriabin, a much smaller man, loved to perform but is now remembered for his extraordinary compositions. After his untimely death Rachmaninov embarked on a tour to promote his old friend's music, a project which only a pianist of his stature would have attempted.
Includes duplicate parts for E flat horn, treble clef trombones and E flat or B flat bass.