Pablo Casals in Moscow - early 20th Century

from Joys and Sorrows. Reflections by Pablo Casals, as told by Albert E. Kahn, page 124:

He [Alexander Scriabin] asserted that someone listening to music was inevitably affected by the surroundings in which the music was played – that the effects of music heard in darkness were quite different from those of music heard in light, and that one’s sensations responded to variations in color just as to changes in temperature. He invited me to his house in Moscow and showed me an apparatus he had developed for reproducing sound in color. I think I must have been one of the first to see it. It was really remarkable and produced marvellous effects. He was composing a new …   more >>

cite as

Albert Kahn and Pablo Casals, and (ed.), Joys and Sorrows. Reflections by Pablo Casals, as told by Albert E. Kahn. In British library (London, 1970), p. 124. accessed: 20 July, 2024

location of experience: Moscow


Pablo Casals
Cellist, Conducting

Listening to

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written by Alexander Scriabin

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Pablo Casals listening to Prometheus by Scriabin in his house, while watching simultaneously various colors playing on a screen while the work was performed.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:19:25 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:09:17 +0000