Alfred Schnittke

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Phaidon Press, Sep 25, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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The first ever book to be published in English about the momentous Russian composer Alfred Schnittke (1934-98), this extensive biography presents a fascinating portrait of a man whose musical output was inextricably linked to the strictures of life in the Soviet Union. His music - a strong reflection of Russian cultural and social traditions, and underlying mentality - enjoys tremendous popularity in his own country, and increasingly on an international level.
The author gives a detailed and admiring discussion of Schnittke's music and his theories, arguing that the various stylistic elements in his works - his characteristic polystylism - may be perceived as part of a new, more universal musical language.

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User Review  - Annamária - Goodreads

This is a biography of Schnittke, that's why I don't expect any of his music analysed in the book. This often comes up, when people write reviews about the work. In my oppinion it's simply unfair to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Richard - Goodreads

The book was good; it gave a good, comprehensive view on Schnittke's life until 1996. My favorite part was actually the score excerpts included in the book, these were really cool. The biggest issue ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
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Phaidon Press Limited
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Chapter
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Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Alexander Ivashkin, cellist and permanent lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, received doctoral degrees in cello performance and musicology from the Russian Music Academy and the Russian Art History Institute. He is solo cellist and president of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. Among his books is Alfred Schnittke, a biography of the 20th-century Russian composer.