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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Review: Alfred SchnittkeUser 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
Review: Alfred SchnittkeUser 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