Talk:Symphony No.3, Op.43 (Scriabin, Aleksandr)

Alternative versions of the symphony (with extra percussion; piano reworking)?

Hallo. I was just wondering if more than one version of this symphony exists. On an L.P. I have of this symphony played by the U.S.S.R. Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yevgeny Svetlanov, there are extra percussion parts not notated in the score: cymbals added at a few climactic points, maybe bass drum and triangle here and there, etc.

Does anyone know whether there is another less-known version of the symphony which indicates this extra use of percussion? Or might it just be the case that Svetlanov decided to add them for that recording?

He does the same thing in his recordings of the Symphonies 1 and 2 also. Is it possible that Scriabin later added percussion to these works, but after publication? Or that he included them originally, but thinned out the percussion before the works were published? Interestingly, the 4th and 5th Symphonies actually included in the score much more lavish percussion parts than in the first three symphonies. So maybe Yevgeny Svetlanov thought the early needed the same kind of treatment that Scriabin himself gave the last two.

On another track: I read many years ago that Scriabin had written a piano sonata based on the 3rd Symphony. I don't think it was just a simple piano transcription of the symphony, bar by bar, but a separate work using many of the same themes, probably freely reworked and in a different order. Am I misremembering, or does such a sonata actually exist?

(If so, that would make 13 Scriabin piano sonatas in total: the 10 standard numbered ones, the early Sonata-Fantasy in G# minor (different from the Sonata-Fantasy no. 2 in G# minor), the early three-movement Piano Sonata in Eb minor, and the further Sonata based on themes from the 3rd Symphony.) M.J.E. 05:41, 22 January 2009 (EST)