The White Mass is closely related to its predecessor, the sixth sonata. Both works were written in 1911–12 and have structurally and stylistically more in common than any other pair of Scriabin sonatas. Scriabin reportedly feared the sixth sonata, considering the work to be corrupted by demonic forces and going so far as to refuse to play the work in public. Scriabin composed his seventh sonata as an exorcism against the darkness of the sixth sonata, subtitling the work White Mass in order to reflect its celestial nature. He intended the mood of the piece to be ecstatic, evoking images of winged flight, voluptuous rapture and overwhelming forces.
|Date of composition||1912 (1911-1912)|
|Approx. duration||10 minutes|
Alexandre Scriabine: Sonate pour piano n°7, Op. 64 "White Mass"
Aleksandr Nikolaevič Skrjabin: Sonata per pianoforte n. 7, Op. 64 "White Mass"
Alexander Nikolajewitsch Skrjabin: Sonate Nr. 7 für Klavier, Op. 64 "White Mass"