Contrapuntal Aspects of the Mystic Chord and Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 5

  • Octavio A. Agustín-AquinoEmail author
  • Guerino Mazzola
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11502)


We present statistical evidence for the importance of the “mystic chord” in Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53, from a computational and mathematical counterpoint perspective. More specifically, we compute the effect sizes and perform \(\chi ^{2}\) tests with respect to the distributions of counterpoint symmetries in the Fuxian, mystic, Ionian and representatives of the other three possible counterpoint worlds in two passages of the work, which provide evidence of a qualitative change between the Fuxian and the mystic worlds in the sonata.


Counterpoint Scriabin Mystic chord 



We thank Thomas Noll at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Daniel Tompkins at Florida State University, and the anonymous referees for their valuable feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Física y MatemáticasUniversidad Tecnológica de la MixtecaOaxacaMexico
  2. 2.School of MusicUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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