Russian pianist and composer, born in 1872, died 1915.
Rather influenced by Fryderyk Chopin but added many elements of his own. Some pretty radical musical ideas that were in some sense akin to Arnold Schönberg's, although he had a hard time expressing them in his own music. He had some influence on later russian composers, such as Sergey Prokofiev.
His works include the symphonic poems Poème de l'extase and Prometheus.
Some of his very strange philosophical theories include viewing himself as some kind of mystical messiah of a new, cosmic artform. He also had a very nice beard.

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