"The Spirit Ascends"

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

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...