By Alfred Schnittke
This compilation assembles formerly released and unpublished essays via Schnittke and supplementations them with an interview with cellist and student Alexander Ivashkin. The ebook is illustrated with musical examples, a lot of them in Schnittke’s personal hand. In A Schnittke Reader, the composer speaks of his existence, his works, different composers, performers, and a extensive diversity of themes in 20th-century track. the amount is rounded out with reflections by means of a few of Schnittke’s contemporaries.
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Elem Klimov (born 1933): Film producer, friend of Schnittke. —ed. 17. Andrei Khrzhanovsky (born 1939): Cartoon producer, for whom Schnittke wrote film scores. Their film Glass Harmonica (1968) was especially important for Schnittke’s polystylistic compositions in the 1960s and 1970s. —ed. 18. Sofia Gubaidulina (born 1931): Leading Russian composer and friend of Schnittke. She lives in Hamburg. —ed. From Schnittke’s Conversations with Alexander Ivashkin 19 SCHNITTKE: As soon as you put that question to me, I find myself in an awkward position.
I remember that I had a passion for ideas from the East, and the time came when I lost interest in literature. It all appeared second rate and trivial, apart from a few philosophical writings. I somehow lost all sense of fiction having any connection with real life. Reading, I lost the feeling that fiction always made sense. I found it lacking in the kind of knowledge that is crystallized, clear, and complete. But now I have again returned to an earlier feeling, when my reading of philosophical writings brought continual disappointment.
Take a giant like Dostoevsky. I regard as mistaken the belief that it was Dostoevsky who strove to lay the foundations of this tendency to keep Russian culture separate from the rest of the world. Dostoevsky is all things at once. And if we merely focus on the Dostoevsky who asserts the autonomy and independence of his world from the world of the West, we are being grossly unfair to him. To say nothing of the fact that like any other person he had the individual right to say what he liked and to make what mistakes he liked.