Synopses & Reviews
This compilation assembles previously published and unpublished essays by Schnittke and supplements them with an interview with cellist and scholar Alexander Ivashkin. The book is illustrated with musical examples, many of them in Schnittke's own hand. In A Schnittke Reader, the composer speaks of his life, his works, other composers, performers, and a broad range of topics in 20th-century music. The volume is rounded out with reflections by some of Schnittke's contemporaries.
About the Author
Alfred Schnittke was one of the great composers of the twentieth century.
Alexander Ivashkin is Professor of Music and Director of the Centre for Russian Music at the University of London. A cellist, he often performs works by Schnittke.
Translator John Goodliffe is based in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Table of Contents
Preliminary Table of Contents:
Preface by Mstislav Rostropovich
Schnittke talks about himself
From an interview with Alexander Ivashkin
Letter to the Lenin Prize Committee (1990)
Schnittke on his own compositions
On Concerto Grosso No. 1
On the premiere of his Fourth Symphony
On film and film music
On staging Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades
Schnittke on creative artists
On Shostakovich: circles of influence
In Memory of Filipp Moiseevich Gershkovich (Philip Hershkovish)
On Svyatoslav Richter
On Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Subjective Notes on an Objective Performance (on Aleksey Lyubimov)
On Viktor Yerofeev
On the Paintings of Vladimir Yankilevsky
V. Schnittke on twentieth-century music
1. Polystylistic tendencies in modern music
2. The orchestra and "the new music"
3. The problem of giving outward expression to a new idea
4. From Schnittke's archive
5. On jazz
6. Timbral relationships and their functional use: the timbral scale
7. "Klangfarbenmelodie"--"Melody of timbres"
8. Functional instability of voice-leading in musical texture
9. A new approach to composition: the statistical method
10. Stereophonic tendencies in modern orchestral thinking
11. Using rhythm to overcome metre
12. Static form: a new conception of time
13. Paradox as a feature of Stravinsky's musical logic
14. Timbre modulations in Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
15. The closed system of timbre connections in the Bach-Webern Ricercata fugue
16. The third movement of Luciano Berio's Symphony
17. Orchestral micropolyphony in the music of Ligeti
VI. Schnittke as seen by others
Index of names and works