Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Alfred Schnittke «Hymns»

Alfred Schnittke «Hymns»
Biography by Steven Coburn
Upon his emergence in the West in the early 1980s, Alfred Schnittke (Birth Nov 24, 1934 in Engels, Russia/Death Aug 3, 1998 in Hamburg, Germany) became one of the most talked-about, recorded, and influential composers of the last decades of the twentieth century. Schnittke was born in 1934 in the Soviet Union to German parents. After living for several years in Vienna, he returned to Moscow to attend the Conservatory from 1953-1958. He returned there to teach instrumentation from 1962 through 1972. Thereafter, splitting his time between Moscow and Hamburg, he supported himself as a film composer. Schnittke composed nine symphonies, six concerti grossi, four violin concertos, two cello concertos, concertos for piano and a triple concerto for violin, viola and cello, four string quartets, ballet scores, choral and vocal works. His first opera, Life with an Idiot, was premiered in Amsterdam (April 1992). Two more operas, Gesualdo and Historia von D. Johann Fausten were unveiled in Vienna (May 1995) and Hamburg (June 1995) respectively. In 1985, Schnittke suffered a series of strokes, but nevertheless entered into the most creative period of his life. From 1990 until his death in 1998, he lived exclusively in Hamburg.
A Jewish-born Christian mystic, Schnittke had philosophical theories that permeated his music. According to his biographer Alexander Ivashkin, he believed a composer "should be a medium or a sensor remembering what he hears from somewhere else and whose mind acts as a translator only. Music comes from some sort of divine rather than human area." (Alfred Schnittke, Phaedon Press 1995).

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Blogger Art Rock said...

Thanks for the Denisov and the Schnittke!

1:43 PM  
Blogger humppazoid said...

You're welcome!:)
Thanks for BAP:)

1:53 PM  
Blogger Korpus said...

Heeey that is what i call a post!!
i like Schnitke a lot and the blogs who post modern clasic never put Schnitke till now.
what i see offcourse.
great hymns!
and your blog is in the favourite list allready, go on like this!!

10:15 AM  
Blogger humppazoid said...

thank U Korpus - I'll try!
I have his 4 symphonies an 2 concertos grosso and some small op. - if it might be interesting - I'll upload them too:)

12:59 PM  
Blogger Korpus said...

You would do me a great favour with that, esspecially the concerto grosso are really great. and i donno wich one of the symphonys but its about the mucisions coming in 1 by 1 and start playing i believe thats the 3rd symphony if i am not wrong.
super good, and the first symphony super expirimental with the guitar in it great , iam happy already!!!

1:34 PM  
Blogger humppazoid said...

ok! will try to post them asap:) my 8 years old processor based on Cyrix PII 300 needs about 4 hours to prepare mp3 from 1 cd:)

9:49 PM  
Blogger Korpus said...

i am not in a hurry.
take it easy.
when you say you gonna doit.
i take that as a word.
so muchas gracias in advance!

3:29 AM  
Blogger Martin said...

Dear Humppazoid
Thanks very much for these wonderful hymns...I'm trying to download all Schnittke works in this blog...the link to symphony no 5 is not active...could you please re-activate...I'm also interested in symphony nos 6 and 9...all the best and greetings from Malta...martin

2:52 AM  
Blogger humppazoid said...

Hi Martin!
Please - send me a reminder this week lately

6:20 AM  

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