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I am playing Scriabin's Prelude Op. 11 No. 11. (see IMSLP )

I can reach 10ths fairly comfortably, but I am wondering what to do with chords such as those that appear in Mm. 14 (C4-B5-G5). Do I play a subset of notes (and if so which ones?), or roll the chord?

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Welcome to Music.SE! – Kevin Jan 3 '14 at 21:18
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Leaving out notes is rare; usually you would arpeggiate. In fact, when this piece was written, it was common to arpeggiate smaller chords, too. Here you can hear Scriabin himself play Op.11 No.13. He arpeggiates the big chords and some of the others. None of them are notated in the score.

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