0 thoughts on “Alfred Schnittke

  1. This entry in Phaidon Press’ biographies of 20th century composers describes the life and work of Alfred Schnittke, the great Russian postmodernist, and is written by noted Russian cellist and friend of the composer Alexander Ivashkin. The work was published in 1996, two years before Schnittke’s death. However, because Schnittke’s last years were fraught with ill health, there is a general supposition that his career had ended. How surprised Ivashkin must have been to see a final bust of activit

  2. 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 (and the only thing keeping this review from being a 5-star) is that there are many blatant typos or editing issues. There was one instance where the word “furious” was spelled “fur ious” but the worst were two occasions where lines were repeated in their entirety, and on occasion where an entire line

  3. 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 expect that from a biography.
    Exciting read, even the storytelling is a bit sloppy. 5 stars because Schnittke’s is Schnittke, but the biography project was maybe a bit too big bite for the author after all. Very much enjoyable though!

  4. Very dry yet fawning bio of Schnittke, written by a Russian composer for whom English is a second language. If you need some trivia on this bomb ass composer, it’s worth a quickie read.

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