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Alfred Schnittke (Anglais) Broché – 25 septembre 1996

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Alfred Schnittke This biography of Russian comoposer Alfred Schnittke presents a portrait of a man whose musical output has been inextricably linked to the strictures of life in the Soviet Union. The work contains a complete list of works and a discography. Full description

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Format: Broché
La vérité naît en dialogue. Les questions sont dignes des réponses.
La découverte du monde spirituel et musical d'un des plus grand compositeur du 20 eme sciecle. La vie et l'oeuvre dans le contexte culturel et historique.
La rencontre enrichissante et inoubliable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The book on Alfred Schnittke that you must have! 26 mai 1999
Par villegem - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book is the perfect introduction to the life of the late composer. I learned many details about his upbringing and his influences.

Ivashkin has managed to give an overview of Schnittke and replaced him in the history of Soviet composers. The author let sometimes his own grief about the soviet system and some of its members set on fire his style...

Having discovered Schnittke's music abroad, I would comment that his music goes beyond the Russian borders and in this sense, Ivashkin's natural focus on Soviet ties may be only showing one side of the equation.

But he made me miss even more the opportunity to meet with Schnittke as he was in Banff in Canada few years ago. Thanks to the author a biography exists. Sadly it will have to be updated. I wished articles by Schnittke would be available in english as well as a more exhaustive interpretive catalog of his work and recordings. Thanks to Phaidon for a superb volume!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a good description of a remarkable life 27 août 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
it is so difficult to find information about late 20th century composers. it is all the more remarkable when one finds a breezy, readable text devoted to the extraordinary life path taken by alfred schnittke. this book covers schnittke's upbringing, noth personally and musically. it is especially interesting as a study of the intrigue attendant to the title of "soviet composer". ironically enough, 60s soviet union was one of the few places where dissent and symphonic music were both taken seriously enough that forms of music could be deemed a threat. and, as this book details, schnittke dissented in more than merely his form of music. the book's major weakness is that it assumes a working knowledge of schnittke's music and its differences with other 20th century orchestral music. author ivashkin is himself an accomplished new zealand musician and what is second knowledge to him is not so well known to lay readers, such as myself, who can be fascinated by the lovely discordant wierdness which is schnittke. he does discuss the music quite a bit, though, and his style of never staying too long on any one compostition or life event is in keeping with the pace of modern life. it's not quite a beach book, but i found it a very easy read. recommended highly.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A very lightweight and loosely edited biography with little analysis of the music 1 octobre 2005
Par Christopher Culver - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This entry in Phaidon Press' biographies of 20th century composers describes the life and work of Alfred Schnittke, the great Russian postmodernist, and is written by noted Russian cellist and friend of the composer Alexander Ivashkin. The work was published in 1996, two years before Schnittke's death. However, because Schnittke's last years were fraught with ill health, there is a general supposition that his career had ended. How surprised Ivashkin must have been to see a final bust of activity from the composer's pen shortly after the book's appearance.

As with all of Phaidon Press' biographies, the focus here is on the life and surroundings of the composer. Ivashkin describes in detail the composer's youth in Engels and Vienna, his tribulations in the Moscow Conservatory, and his marriage and family life. His pieces are often mention in connection to the events that inspired them, such as the death of his mother that led to his Piano Quintet. Unfortunately, there is very little in the way of analysis of his works. What few scores are shown in the book are given only to spice up the text with illustrations, they are not used by Ivashkin to point out the important innovations of Schnittke's music.

Beyond this lightweight nature, the book is fraught with other problems. There is a lot of repetition, many events are presented out of chronological order (for example, a chapter on the 1970s going back to the 1960s), and much tighter editing was necessary. There is even an error with typesetting where a sentence somehow disappears between pages 141 and 142. Becuase the work was rather obnoxious in these regards, I wouldn't recommend it except to hardcore fans of Schnittke who want to read as much as possible about him, or to people who just want to know the general outline of his life without knowing how his pieces work.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A solid account of Schnittke's life, written by a friend 13 mai 1998
Par a-robbn@microsoft.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Phaidon specializes in beautifully made books about modern composers, and this one is no exception. Ivashkin, a friend of the composer's, provides a fascinating account. He dramatizes Schnittke's ethnic, national, and religious complexity, making him seem like the quintessential composer of the late 20th century. He includes details about Schnittke's background, friends and colleagues (and enemies), and personal and social life that might have been unavailable to someone who didn't actually know the composer. The publisher throws in many photos and illustrations, which themselves tellingly portray Soviet life--both the context of and the counterpoint to Schnittke's varied music. I would have preferred somewhat more analysis of the music itself (much of the commentary verges on the anecdotal--fun to read but often insubstantial), and more careful proofreading would have saved the pages from some pretty obvious mistakes. Overall, however, this book offers an enjoyable evening's read, and includes a comprehensive work list and select discography for shoppers. Recommended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent Schnittke book 28 mars 2002
Par Joel Gee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book is an excellent biography and overview of the music of Alfred Schnittke. The casual listener probably wouldn't be interested, but for those that love Schnittke's music this is a goldmine. It provides plenty of insight in the personal life of Schnittke and the events that helped shape his music. It details many of his personal political struggles (which would truly make comparisons to Shostakovich even clearer.)
There is also, of course, discussions on the music. No in depth analysis or anything, just good commentary on them. I don't have a musical education and the book was still quite enjoyable to me.
Another wonderful inclusion is the discography and the catalogue of works.
This will probably be the definative account of Schnittke's life (in English anyway.) One can only hope though that it will be updated as the book was written two years before Scnittke's death. I highly recommend this excellent book.
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