Soviet Music: exploring Schnittke
THY Tuesdays 1015-1215 fortnightly from 2nd Oct
Tutor: Terry Metheringham Alfred Schnittke was widely seen as the heir to Shostakovich in the final decades of the twentieth century. His music is arresting; dramatic and paradoxical. He developed a postmodern approach called “polystylism” – drawing widely from the European musical heritage – at one moment engaging, then suddenly profoundly unsettling. We will explore Schnittke’s Soviet roots, his German ethnicity, and his unusual grounding in the Austro-German tradition. His music will be heard alongside contemporaries and influencers. Oddly there appears to be a strong influence from a fictional character: Adrian Leverkühn aka Thomas Mann’s Dr Faustus.
2 Oct Soviet heritage – early works and influence of Shostakovich
16 Oct Introducing Polystylism – the anarchic First Symphony shocked the authorities
30 Oct Mahler as an influence – includes a guest appearance for Berio’s Sinfonia
13 Nov Cryptic works – a Requiem and the coded Third Symphony
27 Nov Mann’s Dr Faustus as an influence – Faust Cantata