Sonate-fantaisie in G sharp minor, Op posth.
in G sharp minor (1886), is a work which Scriabin never published. He wrote it at the age of fourteen and dedicated it to Natalya Sekerina, the sweetheart of his adolescence. The Sonata shows an astonishingly sure hand in the natural progression of one idea from another. A portentous introduction leads to a gentle, idyllic first movement highly reminiscent of Chopin in its flow of florid melody. This was the time in Scriabin’s life when he fell in love with Chopin’s music and would go to sleep with a volume of Chopin under his pillow. The opening Andante gives way to a rather more agitated sonata movement. The cadence theme, especially in its return where it is accompanied by simple chords rather than flowing accompaniment figures, has a touch of the mazurka about it—Scriabin wrote twenty-one mazurkas and three impromptus à la mazur between 1887 and 1903. The development section, with its broken tenths in the left hand and the polyphony in the treble, is most original and characteristic in its sonorities. The end artfully and subtly introduces a reminiscence, not of the opening bars, but of an ensuing idea from the introduction. Its chromaticism is also highly characteristic, and it is not surprising that it was this idea that the young composer chose to bring back.
from notes by Simon Nicholls © 1996