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May 17, 2016

Alfred Schnittke - Concerto Grosso n.1 (1976/1977)

"The real legacy of Schnittke's music is its multidimensional exploration of what musical truth in the 20th century might be, from chaotic polystylism to heartfelt spirituality."

In the Concerto Grosso, Schnittke said he wanted to realise "one of my life's goals … to overcome the gap between 'E' (Ernstmusik, serious music) and 'U' (Unterhaltung, music for entertainment), even if I break my neck in doing so!". That means that beneath and within its frame of pseudo-baroque figuration, you'll hear, as Schnittke's biographer Alexander Ivashkin says, "the transformation of a cheerful song chorale of Soviet schoolchildren, a nostalgic atonal serenade, quasi-Corellian allusions" – as well as Schnittke's grandmother's favourite tango, and quotations from his film scores.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 17, 2016 10:29 AM