By (author) Mr Alexander Ivashkin
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Alfred Schnittke by Mr Alexander Ivashkin
Book DescriptionThis biography of the Russian composer Alfred Schnittke (b.1934) presents a fascinating portrait of a man whose musical output is inextricably linked to the strictures of life in the former Soviet Union. For most of his adult life in Russia Schnittke's music was powerfully shaped by the frustrations of the Soviet period and he reacted strongly against the ideology of the era. His symphonies lie arguably at the end of the Germanic symphonic tradition, yet each represents a new concept of the genre for the twentieth century. His works reveal the influence of Shostakovich among others, but remain strongly original. Each of his compositions can be understood primarily to offer a unique synthesis of many different influences and styles. The author gives a detailed discussion of Schnittke's music and theories, arguing that the various stylistic elements in his works - his polystylism - may be perceived as part of a new, more universal language.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714831695
(220mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mr Alexander Ivashkin
Contemplating Shostakovich, Hardback (December 2012)
Contemplating Shostakovich marks an important new stage in the understanding of Shostakovich and his working environment. Each chapter covers aspects of the composer's output in the context of his life and cultural milieu. This invaluable collection offers remarkable new insight, in both depth and range.
Schnittke Reader, Hardback (March 2002)» View all books by Mr Alexander Ivashkin
The compositions of Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) are known for their exquisite construction, their unlikely embrace of material from disparate sources, their predisposition for melancholia, and their tremendous beauty. This title presents his life, his works, other composers, and a range of topics in twentieth-century music.
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Author Biography - Mr Alexander Ivashkin
Alexander Ivashkin currently teaches the cello and Music History at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. An accomplished cellist and writer on music, he is also a close friend of the Schnittke family.
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