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The Routledge Handbook to the Music of Alfred Schnittke is a comprehensive study of the work of one of the most important Russian composers of the late 20th century. Each piece is discussed in detail, with particular attention to the composer’s groundbreaking polystylism, as well as his unique approach to musical symbolism and his deep engagement with Christian themes.

This is the first publication to look at Schnittke’s output in its entirety, and for most works it represents either the first ever published analysis or the first in a language other than Russian.

The volume presents new research from the Ivashkin-Schnittke Archive and the collection of Schnittke’s compositional sketches at the Julliard Library in New York. It also draws on the substantial research on Schnittke’s music published in the Russian language.

Including a work list and bibliography of primary and secondary sources, this is an essential reference for all those interested in the areas of Russian music, 20th Century music, and performance studies.

Table of Contents

 

CHAPTER 1: ERAS AND TECHNIQUES

STUDENT WORKS 1953–1963

SERIAL PERIOD 1963–1971

Serialism — Sonorism: Ligeti and the Polish School

FUNEREAL AND RELIGIOUS WORKS 1972–1980

Funereal Works: Schnittke’s Quiet Period — Religious Works — Liturgical Allusions in Instrumental Works — Representations of the Cross — Common-Mediant Chord Relations — Bells

POLYSTYLISM 1968–1991

Representations of Evil: Popular Music and the Banal — Bach and the Baroque — Monograms — Harmonic and Contrapuntal Techniques — Non-tonal Triadic Relations — The [0,1,6,7] Pitch Set — Schnittke Stretto — Structural Innovations — Sonoristic Cadences — Coda as Exposition

LATE STYLE 1985–1994

 

CHAPTER 2 – STAGE WORKS

BALLETS

Introduction — Labyrinths — Der gelbe Klang — Gogol Suite and Sketches — Peer Gynt

OPERAS

Introduction — Life with an Idiot — Gesualdo — Historia von D. Johann Fausten

THEATRE MUSIC

 

CHAPTER 3: CHORAL WORKS

Introduction — Nagasaki — Songs of War and Peace — Voices of Nature — Requiem — Der Sonnengesang des Franz von Assisi — Minnesang — Seid nüchtern und wachet... (Faust Cantata) — Three Choruses — Choir Concerto — Penitential Psalms — Opening Verse for the First Festival Sunday — Festive Chant — Agnus Dei — Lux Aeterna

 

CHAPTER 4: SOLO VOCAL WORKS

Introduction — Three Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva — 10 Songs from Turandot — Eight Songs from Don Carlos — Magdalina’s Song — Three Madrigals — Three Scenes — Drei Gedichte von Viktor Schnittke — Mutter — 5 Fragments to Paintings by Hieronymus Bosch/Fragment for Orchestra

CHAPTER 5 – ORCHESTRAL WORKS

SYMPHONIES

Introduction — Symphony No. 1 — Symphony No. 2 ‘St Florian’ — Symphony No. 3 — Symphony No. 4 — Concerto Grosso No. 4/Symphony No. 5 — Symphony No. 6 — Symphony No. 7 — Symphony No. 8 — Symphony No. 9 —

CONCERTOS AND CONCERTI GROSSI

Introduction — Violin Concerto No. 1 — Concerto for Piano and Orchestra — Music for Piano and Chamber Orchestra — Violin Concerto No. 2 — Concerto for Oboe and Harp — Cadenzas to Concertos by Beethoven and Mozart — Concerto Grosso No. 1 — Violin Concerto No. 3 — Concerto for Piano and Strings — Concerto Grosso No. 2 — Violin Concerto No. 4 — Concerto Grosso No. 3 — Viola Concerto — Cello Concerto No. 1 — Concerto for Piano Four Hands — Monologue for Viola and Strings — Cello Concerto No. 2 — Concerto Grosso No. 5 — Concerto Grosso No. 6 — Concerto for Three — Viola Concerto No. 2

OTHER ORCHESTRAL WORKS

pianissimo... — Passacaglia — Ritual(Kein) Sommernachtstraum — Four Aphorisms for Chamber Orchestra — Sutartinės — Hommage a Grieg — Symphonic Prologue and For Liverpool

 

CHAPTER 6: CHAMBER WORKS

Introduction

WORKS FOR STRING QUARTET

String Quartet No. 1 — String Quartet No. 2 — String Quartet No. 3 — String Quartet No. 4 — Canon in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky — Variations for String Quartet

WORKS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO/VIOLIN DUET/VIOLIN SOLO

Violin Sonata No. 1 — Violin Sonata No. 2 (Quasi una Sonata) — Violin Sonata No. 3 — Suite in the Old Style and Musica NostalgicaGreeting Rondo — Prelude in Memoriam Dmitry Shostakovich — Stille Nacht — A Paganini — Madrigal in Memoriam Oleg Kagan — Polka for Violin and Piano

WORKS FOR CELLO AND PIANO/CELLO SOLO/CELLO AND ENSEMBLE

Cello Sonata No. 1 — Cello Sonata No. 2 — Dialogue for Cello and 7 Instrumentalists — 4 Hymns for Cello and Ensemble — Klingende Buchstaben — Epilogue from Peer Gynt — Improvisation for Unaccompanied Cello

WORKS FOR STRING ENSEMBLE/STRINGS AND PIANO

Piano Quintet — Stille Musik — String Trio/Piano Trio — Canon An das Frankfurter Opernhaus — Piano Quartet

OTHER CHAMBER WORKS

Serenade — Cantus Perpetuus for Keyboard and Percussion — Polyphonic Tango — Moz-Art/Moz-Art à la Haydn/Moz-Art à la Mozart — Septet — Lebenslauf — Schall und Hall — 3x7 — For the Ninetieth Birthday of Alfred Schlee — Percussion Quartet

 

CHAPTER 7: KEYBOARD WORKS

Introduction

PIANO SONATAS

Piano Sonata No. 1 — Piano Sonata No. 2 — Piano Sonata No. 3

OTHER PIANO WORKS

Children’s Pieces, 1960 and 1971 — Prelude and Fugue — Improvisation and Fugue — Variations on a ChordDedication to Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich for Piano Six Hands — Five Aphorisms for Piano and Reciter — Sonatina for Piano Four Hands

ORGAN AND HARPSICHORD WORKS

Two Short Pieces for Organ — Three Fragments for Harpsichord

 

CHAPTER 8: FILM MUSIC

Introduction — Igor Talankin — Andrei Khrzhanovsky — Aleksandr Mitta — Larisa Shepitko —

Elem Klimov — Late Film Scores — Concert Suites

 

WORKS LIST

A NOTE ON SOURCES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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Biography

Gavin Dixon is a Visiting Research Fellow and Acting Head of the Centre for Russian Music

at Goldsmiths University, UK.