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Schnittke, Alfred
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Schnittke, Alfred (1934-1998)

Canon in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky (1971)

Quintet for piano and strings (1976)

Quartet n° 1 (1981)

Quartet n° 2 (1981)

Quartet n° 3 (1983)

In his third quartet, Schnittke uses three quotations of very different styles and periods, each having in common the same musical material and pitchs. A cadential sequence from Orlando di Lasso's Stabat Mater (1532-1594), the theme of the Great Fugue op.133 by Beethoven (1770-1827) and Shostakovich's (1906-1975) musical signature are the basis for the whole quartet. Schnittke adds to those a closely link theme of his own. The first movement allows each theme a clear exposition and produces the first tranformations. As the quartet develops, the musical material is drawn away from its original source and finds a new life in modernity. The second movement turns the thematic material into a complex and agitated scherzo. The outcome of the quartet is heard in the finale where the music has developed into the modern and original musical language of Alfred Schnittke. -

Olga Ranzenhofer and Jean Portugais

Quartet n° 4 (1983)

String Trio (1985)

Quartet for piano

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