The melody is very simple, consisting mainly of descending half steps, but the unusual harmonies and difficult tremolos create an intense, fiery luminance. This piece was intended to be Scriabin's eleventh sonata; however, he had to publish it early because of financial concerns. Hence, the piece is labelled a poem, rather than a sonata.

Original Name Vers la flamme
Date of composition 1914
First published 1914
Type Poem
Catalogue Op. 72
Instruments Piano
Autotranslations beta Alexandre Scriabine: Toward the flame, Op. 72
Aleksandr Nikolaevič Skrjabin: Toward the flame, Op. 72
Alexander Nikolajewitsch Skrjabin: Toward the flame, Op. 72