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Alfred Schnittke

November 24, 1934 - August 3, 1998
born in Engels, Russia, composed during the Contemporary period
Upon his emergence in the West in the early 1980s, Alfred Schnittke became one of the most talked-about, recorded, and influential composers of the last decades of the twentieth century. Schnittke was born in 1934 in the Soviet Union to German parents. After living for several years in Vienna, he returned to Moscow to attend the Conservatory from 1953-1958. He returned there to teach instrumentation from 1962 through 1972. Thereafter, splitting his time between Moscow and Hamburg, he supported himself as a film composer. Schnittke composed nine symphonies, six concerti grossi, four violin concertos, two cello concertos, concertos for piano and a triple concerto for violin, viola and cello, four string quartets, ballet scores, choral and vocal works. His first opera, Life with an Idiot, was premiered in Amsterdam (April 1992). Two more operas, Gesualdo and Historia von D. Johann Fausten were unveiled in Vienna (May 1995) and Hamburg (June 1995) respectively. In 1985, Schnittke suffered a series of strokes, but nevertheless entered into the most creative period of his life. From 1990 until his death in 1998, he lived exclusively in Hamburg.

A Jewish-born Christian mystic, Schnittke had philosophical theories that permeated his music. According to his biographer Alexander Ivashkin, he believed a composer "should be a medium or a sensor remembering what he hears from somewhere else and whose mind acts as a translator only. Music comes from some sort of divine rather than human area." (Alfred Schnittke, Phaedon Press 1995). ~ Steven Coburn, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Kronos Quartet Performs Alfred Schnittke: The Complete String Quartets

Title: String Quartet No. 1
Title: Canon In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky, For String Quartet

4. Canon In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky, For String Quartet: Canon In Memory Of Igor Stravinsky

Title: String Quartet No.2
Title: String Quartet No. 3
Title: String Quartet No.4
Title: Concerto For Choir (Concerto For Soprano & Chorus)

17. Concerto For Choir (Concerto For Soprano & Chorus): Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled With Grief

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Track List: Kremer Plays Schnittke

Title: Concerto Grosso No. 1, For 2 Violins, Harpsichord, Prepared Piano & 21 Strings

1. Concerto Grosso No. 1, For 2 Violins, Harpsichord, Prepared Piano & 21 Strings: I. Prelude: Andante

2. Concerto Grosso No. 1, For 2 Violins, Harpsichord, Prepared Piano & 21 Strings: II. Toccata: Allegro

3. Concerto Grosso No. 1, For 2 Violins, Harpsichord, Prepared Piano & 21 Strings: III. Recitativo: Lento

4. Concerto Grosso No. 1, For 2 Violins, Harpsichord, Prepared Piano & 21 Strings: IV. Cadenza (Without Tempo Marking)

5. Concerto Grosso No. 1, For 2 Violins, Harpsichord, Prepared Piano & 21 Strings: V. Rondo: Agitato

6. Concerto Grosso No. 1, For 2 Violins, Harpsichord, Prepared Piano & 21 Strings: VI. Postludio. Andante-allegro-andante

Title: Quasi Una Sonata, For Violin & Chamber Orchestra

7. Quasi Una Sonata, For Violin & Chamber Orchestra: Quasi Una Sonata, For Violin & Chamber Orchestra

Title: Moz-Art À La Haydn, For 2 Violins & 11 Strings

8. Moz-Art À La Haydn, For 2 Violins & 11 Strings: Moz-art à La Haydn, For 2 Violins & 11 Strings

Title: A Paganini, For Violin

9. A Paganini, For Violin: A Paganini, For Violin

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Track List: Schnittke Works For Violin And Piano

Title: Violin Sonata No. 3

1. Violin Sonata No. 3: I. Andante

2. Violin Sonata No. 3: II. Allegro

3. Violin Sonata No. 3: III. Adagio

4. Violin Sonata No. 3: IV. Senza Tempo (Tempo Libre, Ma Inquieto)

Title: Gratulationsrondo, For Violin & Piano In C Major

5. Gratulationsrondo, For Violin & Piano In C Major: Gratulationsrondo

Title: Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 2 ("Quasi Una Sonata")

6. Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 2 ("Quasi Una Sonata"): Violin Sonata No. 2 "Quasi Una Sonata"

Title: Suite In The Old Style, Op. 80

7. Suite In The Old Style, Op. 80: I. Pastorale

8. Suite In The Old Style, Op. 80: II. Ballet

9. Suite In The Old Style, Op. 80: III. Minuet

10. Suite In The Old Style, Op. 80: IV. Fugue

11. Suite In The Old Style, Op. 80: V. Pantomime

Title: Silent Night (Stille Nacht), For Violin & Piano

12. Silent Night (Stille Nacht), For Violin & Piano: Stille Nacht (Silent Night)

Title: Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 1

13. Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 1: I. Andante

14. Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 1: II. Allegretto

15. Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 1: III. Largo

16. Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 1: IV. Allegretto Scherzando

Title: Polka For Violin & Piano (From Incidental Music To "The Inspector's Tale")

17. Polka For Violin & Piano (From Incidental Music To "The Inspector's Tale"): Polka

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Track List: Schnittke: Chamber Music

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Track List: Schnittke: Piano Musik

Title: Piano Sonata No. 2

1. Piano Sonata No. 2: 1

2. Piano Sonata No. 2: 2

3. Piano Sonata No. 2: 3

Title: Piano Sonata No. 3

4. Piano Sonata No. 3: I

5. Piano Sonata No. 3: II

6. Piano Sonata No. 3: III

7. Piano Sonata No. 3: IV

Title: Variations Of One Chord, For Piano

8. Variations Of One Chord, For Piano: Variations Of One Chord, For Piano

Title: Aphorisms (5), For Piano

9. Aphorisms (5), For Piano: I. Moderato Assai

10. Aphorisms (5), For Piano: II. Allegretto

11. Aphorisms (5), For Piano: III. Lento

12. Aphorisms (5), For Piano: IV. Senza Tempo

13. Aphorisms (5), For Piano: V. Grave

Title: Prelude & Fugue For Piano

14. Prelude & Fugue For Piano: I

15. Prelude & Fugue For Piano: II

Title: Pieces (8) For Piano

16. Pieces (8) For Piano: I. Vokstanzmelodie

17. Pieces (8) For Piano: II. In Den Bergen

18. Pieces (8) For Piano: III. Kuckuck Und Specht

19. Pieces (8) For Piano: IV. Melodie

Title: Improvisations & Fugue, For Piano

20. Improvisations & Fugue, For Piano: I

21. Improvisations & Fugue, For Piano: II

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One who was misunderstoo d and very little known but the absolutely the great one amongst composers of our time ...
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all our life of this time fly in each note. he was prohibited in 70th and 80th so i was introduced to him only when i left USSR.
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dreamsinthel o w l i g h t s
Really, no symphonies or concertos in here? Wow, as difficult as his music may be, this is still paltry in comparison to his total output. The the first and second symphonies, and both cello concertos need to be added. They're all great if you're looking to hear more Schnittke.
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If Kubrick couldn't have gotten Ligeti for 2001, he would have picked this guy

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