Publication Date



Open access

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Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Keyboard Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Naoko Takao

Second Committee Member

Santiago Rodriguez

Third Committee Member

Tian Ying

Fourth Committee Member

Margaret Donaghue


Most piano teachers consider Alexander Scriabin’s piano works to be appropriate only for their most advanced students. While many works by Frederic Chopin of equivalent difficulty are regularly performed in recitals, juries and auditions, Scriabin’s music, undeservedly, is excluded from the earlier stages of musical training. Although some of his early opuses, such as the Etudes, Op. 8 and Preludes, Op. 11, are more popular, the rest of his music is largely unknown, even to piano teachers. His mazurkas, nocturnes and waltzes, all from Scriabin’s early period, are perfect examples of the Romantic style and have the potential to be an important part of a young musicians’ repertoire. For performers and teachers unfamiliar with Scriabin’s works, the process of becoming conversant with the inherent challenges of these works, enough to make an informed repertoire selection, may appear daunting. To facilitate, seven representative early works—two nocturnes, two waltzes, two mazurkas, and an impromptu—were selected for detailed analysis from the teaching and practicing perspectives. Pertinent historical information for each piece as well as structural analysis for each piece is presented.


early; work; by; Scriabin