Since his youthful days as a child prodigy, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin dreamed big. “I am God,” he would later write in one of his secret philosophical journals. But it was in the composer’s final work, incomplete at his death, that he allowed his egomaniacal dreams free reign. Mysterium– a proposed synthesis of art-forms that make Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerkseem a low bar to hurdle – was designed to bring about the end of the world, no less.

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