Alfred Schnittke, a Russian polystylist composer who spent most of his life behind the Iron Curtain. Schnittke is underrated. This is perhaps due to his post-modern tendencies, which for lesser composers can be a veil for lack of substance. That's not the case in this piece. Take a listen to the fifth movement of his Concerto Grosso No. 1 (1977). It is a great example of how Schnittke freely takes from disparate styles to create an unpredictably effective result.
20 May, 2011 / 1 Comment