The Russian composer Alexander Scriabin[*] in his last years, was obsessed by igneous imagery. One piano piece so inspired is Vers la flamme (“toward the flame”). Below are three very different performances of this very difficult piece. Any connection to current events in Washington, DC is neither intentional nor coincidental, but merely inevitable.[**]
[*] While Molotov’s real last name was Scriabin, he was not the composer’s first cousin as I used to believe.
[**] Paraphrasing Heinrich Böll’s disclaimer in “The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum”