By Alfred Schnittke
This compilation assembles formerly released and unpublished essays by way of Schnittke and supplementations them with an interview with cellist and pupil Alexander Ivashkin. The booklet is illustrated with musical examples, lots of them in Schnittke’s personal hand. In A Schnittke Reader, the composer speaks of his existence, his works, different composers, performers, and a large variety of themes in 20th-century tune. the amount is rounded out with reflections through a few of Schnittke’s contemporaries.
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Furthermore, for Jewish music there is a chain not of tetrachords but of trichords. For example, A , B, C; D , E, F; G , A, B ; C , D, E . And for Lutheran music there is a sixstep scale: B, C , D, then E , F , G , then the same sequence of six steps is repeated a seventh higher, starting from A. In short, roughly the same principle that Butsko used, but there are also a multitude of other things that have no connection with anything he used, because in the symphony there are many ideas apart from the intonational structure, ideas connected with the form or the style, to say nothing of the inner program or the fact that it is based on fifteen episodes—five, five, and five.
Then my thoughts would be less inhibited. Apart from the question of a common school of rationalism—which we shall not discuss, although whole books could be written about it—there is a certain common feeling, dictated by the avoidance of the crude dynamics that once seemed to be quite inseparable from music. I have in mind the whole system of conventional dynamic structures. These now seem to be totally sham, and they are just what all composers avoid, in spite of their differences as composers.
It is for this reason that all those naive mystics who were disinclined to systematize and limit what they knew, simply expounding it, are now more important to me than those who erected a structured system of knowledge. If one starts with Jesus Christ and takes the Gospel of Saint John, the writings of Saint Augustine, Meister Eckhart, or Saint Francis, in every case we are dealing with a mystery that will always remain a mystery, even when it is manifested through the naive and sunny disposition of Saint Francis.