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Mystic chord [Promethean chord]locked


The name given by Skryabin to the chord in altered 4ths c–f♯–b♭–e′–a′–d″. It appeared in his work as early as 1903, in the Fourth Piano Sonata, but became famous by its use in the tone poem Prométhée op.60 (1911), for which reason it is sometimes called the ‘Promethean chord’. In his late piano music, particularly the last five sonatas, Skryabin used similar chord formations as a basic element of his harmony, and also extended the mystic chord to ‘horizontal’ (i.e. melodic) constructions....

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