Alfred Shnitke
Date of Birth
Nov 24, 1934
Birth Place:
Engels, USSR


Considered one of the 20th century's great composers in his native Russia, Alfred Shnitke not only created classical works (symphonies, concertos, etc.) but also film scores. In cinema, Shnitke worked most often on the films of Elem Klimov. Born in the city of Engels in Russia, Shnitke was the son of Russian immigrants; German was his first language. In 1946, his family moved to Vienna and it was there that Shnitke discovered his passion for music. As a young man, he attended the Moscow Conservatory; by his 1961 graduation, Shnitke already had a reputation for his innovative work, but by the late decade his music fell out of favor with the Soviet government and his output was restricted. Shnitke turned toward writing film scores beginning with Dyadya Vanya (1967). Upon his death in August 1998, Shnitke was interred in Moscow's Novodevichy cemetery, the final resting place of some of Russia's greatest artists. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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