Monday, March 21, 2011

Alfred Schnittke - Symphony No. 1

Taking influence from all that came before him, and applying it to a modern template, Schnittke achieves a strange yet brilliant marriage of serialism and classical eclecticism. Genre-hopping isn't exactly a popular thing in classical music, though if ever there was a case for it, this is it. There is, of course, the serialism and atonal terror of the 20th century, but also triumphant marching, baroque oddities, romanticism, nods to Mozart, Tchaikovsky and others, and even a god damn jazz duet; all with a perverse kind of twist though.

This really is a strange piece of music.

Symphony No. 1

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