That must have been only an excerpt, although I do not know which; the whole is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4YSysUn-Bk and plays for 2 hours 40 minutes but it's unclear which section you heard because only the last is close to an hour in duration. It's a very considerable achievement on Nemtin's part but, the copious Scriabin quotations aside,I imagine that it's mostly Nemtin and not much Scriabin. I did ask the Scriabin scholar Jonathan Powell about this but he didn't respond, so one might make whatever one might make of that!...
How much of this is Nemtin
and how much is Scriabin
? Yes, that is the question!
Much is made of the 53 pages of "musical sketches" found in Scriabin's
house, and left untouched for 55 years! So one assumes that the text is not necessarily taking up space in these pages, or too much. Depending on the size of the pages, the penmanship, etc. that could be a considerable amount of material. On the other hand, according to the CD notes, Nemtin
mentions using a late piano piece as material for Part II. "I made use of the Prelude Op. 74 #2..." That would seem to indicate that such use was not indicated in the sketches.
The CD has other vague comments: there is a quote of Nemtin
saying that he "was unwilling to write in the style of Scriabin
," for a documentary about the composer. Do we assume that he changed his mind...or was there enough material for Nemtin
to follow without inventing anything of his own?
To return to the topic: the opening of this work is connected to a death in my family, this time my grandmother. She died in our house in July in the 1970's, at a time when I was often playing the work in my room.
Such a connection would please Scriabin
, I think!