Schnittke [Shnitke], Alfred (Garriyevich)
- Alexander Ivashkin
- and Ivan Moody
(b Engels, 24 Nov 1934; d Hamburg, 3 Aug 1998). Russian composer.
Alfred Schnittke first studied privately in Vienna (1946–8), where his father was working; this decisive experience was to have a decisive effect on his work as a composer since this exposure to the Austro-German cultural tradition fundamentally influenced his future tastes and approach to form and vocabulary throughout his career. On his return to Russia, Schnittke studied in the Choirmasters' Department at the October Revolution Music College in Moscow (...