Scriabin: The spirit ascends

The Times Literary Supplement
By Simon Morrison - November 18, 2015

The composer and the ‘mystic’ chord
It’s a Scriabin year, the centenary of his untimely death. Hence the rush to celebrate, if not reassess, the composer’s legacy. This autumn, families in Moscow were invited to visit the Alexander Scriabin Memorial Museum on Saturdays and Sundays, with “Night in the Museum” scheduled for Thursdays. The museum also welcomed a host of academics to a scholarly conference earlier this year. Like the family fare, the programme offered a tour through Scriabin’s life and work – without delving too deeply into the sordidness of his personal life (he was accused of rape, more than once) or his occult aesthetics.