The Op 34 Poème tragique
of 1903 strikes a heroic pose; the middle section presents an ‘angry, proud’ theme, introducing an element of foreboding. As Rubtsova points out in her Scriabin biography, the downward thematic contour of this section anticipates the ‘theme of protest’ in Le poème de l’extase
, which is itself marked tragico.
from notes by Simon Nicholls © 2015