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The Alfred Schnittke Archive, assembled by Prof. Alexander Ivashkin (1948-2014), is currently housed in Special Collections & Archives, in the Library of Goldsmiths University of London. For information or access please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 020 7717 2295.
- new-statesman (PDF download)
- Alfred Schnittke: Between Two Worlds – International Symposium, 21-22 November 2009
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- LPO Schnittke Festival at Southbank Centre, in association with the Centre for Russian Music/Alfred
- The Project (2008 - ): Alfred Schnittke: Collected Works, Critical Edition
Catalogues of archive material
The catalogues below list the material available to researchers working in the Alfred Schnittke Collection. Please use the guidelines for each individual catalogue. We regularly update the catalogues as new material is added to our collection. If you require further details about any of the resources listed in the catalogues, please contact us using the details at the top of this page and we will be happy to help.
Catalogue of scores
Schnittke Scores Catalogue (PDF download) in the Alfred Schnittke Collection includes listings by both catalogue number and name. The first section of the catalogue lists each score by reference number, as it is found in the archive. The second section of the catalogue lists scores alphabetically according to the name of the piece. Please note that the 'Corresponding CD's' column allows you to cross-reference the scores with the relevant CD's in the archive of the piece being performed.
Schnittke Scores Catalogue-Alphabetical (PDF download)
Catalogue of recordings
Schnittke Recordings Catalogue (PDF download) in the Alfred Schnittke Collection includes listings by both catalogue number and piece. The first section of the catalogue lists each CD by reference number, as it is found in the archive. The second section of the catalogue lists CDs alphabetically according to the name of the piece.
Schnittke Recordings Catalogue-Alphabetical (PDF download)
Catalogue of Literature
Catalogue of DVDs and Videos
Catalogue of photographs
Schnittke Archive-catalogue of photos (PDF download)
The music of Alfred Schnittke (1934 – 1998) has an established place in concert repertoires around the world. It is regularly performed by major opera companies, orchestras and leading soloists at every important music festival and is studied by performance students at music schools and conservatories in many countries. His music has been recorded on hundreds of compact discs for leading labels worldwide.
Schnittke’s work has also been the subject of a large number of academic studies at music schools and conservatoires, and doctoral dissertations have been written on many aspects of his music and its context. The growing scholarly interest in Schnittke has been aided in recent years by the foundation of two research centres dedicated to his music and writings: the Alfred Schnittke Archive at the Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths, University of London and the State Schnittke Institute in Moscow. Another organisation has recently been established, the Alfred Schnittke Internationale Gesellschaft in Hamburg, which deals with the dissemination of the composers’ music.
The Alfred Schnittke Archive contains facsimile copies of almost every score that Schnittke completed, many original and unfinished scores, sketches, documentary material relating to premieres/commissions and an unparalleled collection of secondary sources relating to Schnittke’s work. The Archive was founded in 1999.
Since then it has been used for original research by fifteen of the college’s PhD students and has hosted around 150 independent researchers from around the world. The most important recent publications based on the Schnittke Archive's holdings include a book by Dzyun Tiba, published in Russia and in Japan, and a book by Victoria Adamenko, published in the USA. Documents from the Schnittke Archive have been published in A Schnittke-Reader (Bloomington, 2002); Schnittke on Music (Moscow, 2002); Schnittke-Yearbooks (Moscow, 2000–2007); Schnittke: stat’y o muzyke [Schnittke: writings on music] (Moscow, 2004).
The Archive collaborated with the BBC, the Barbican Centre and the GSMD in 2001 on a Schnittke festival/symposium ‘Seeking the Soul’, which resulted in a festschrift volume of the same name (London, 2002).
Fifteen research students at Goldsmiths have enrolled to work with the materials in the Archive : Fiona Hearun-Javakashvili, Kristian Hibberd, Gavin Dixon, Tara Wilson, Drosostalitsa Moraiti, Anna Kounadi, Manolis Neophitou, Magdalini Nikolaidou, Tetyana Ursova-Owens, Anzel Gerber, Rachel Foulds, Elena Artamonova, Elena Nalimova. Alex McIntyre and Rebecca Turner. Other British researchers include Jessica Haig (Kings College, London), Julia Morneweg, (Royal College of Music, London) and Ivana Medic (University of Manchester).
International researchers have included Elizabeth Crafton (University of North Texas, USA), Dzyun Chiba (Japan, University of Tokyo, later Moscow Conservatory, at present –University of Sapporo, Japan), Christian Storch (University of Weimar), Victoria Adamenko (Rutgers University, USA), Melanie Turgeon (University of Manitoba, Canada), Jenny Butler (Brisbane Conservatory, Australia), Peter Schmelz (Washington University of Missouri, USA), Rafael Jimenez Catano (University of Holy Cross, Rome), Jean-Benoît Tremblay, (University of British Columbia, Canada), Amrei Flechsig (Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hanover, Germany), Emilia Ismael ( University of Mexico), Grigory Kovalevsky (The Glinka State Conservatoire, Nizhni Novgorod, Russia), and many others.
Their publications (books and articles) and numerous conference talks have been based on this research work in the Archive. Most important recent publications based on Schnittke Archive Materials include a book by Dzyun Tiba, published in Russia and in Japan, and a book by Victoria Adamenko, published in the USA.
Research work at the Schnittke Archive has attracted major grants on numerous occasions:
- Leverhulme Trust Grant, 2000
- Chandos record company, 2001
- Southbank Centre - for participation in an international festival/symposium entitled 50 Years after Stalin in 2003, which included world premieres of works by Schnittke from the manuscript collection of the Schnittke Archive.
- British Academy Research Grant, 2003
- Lukoil, Russia’s largest oil company, 2003.
- Goldsmiths College Research Grants, 2004, 2006
- AHRC Research Leave Grant, 2006
- British Academy Grant, 2006
- Southbank Centre - for an International Symposium marking the official opening of the Archive in 2006 (proceedings to be published).
- BIS (Swedish Recording Company) and Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (South Africa, for the preparation of two previously unrecorded scores in the Archive, the Nagasaki Oratorio and the Symphony no. 0. CD released 2007 (BIS 1647).
- Sponsorship by various private donors – for Schnittke exhibitions in Greece, Russia, Germany and the USA (2000-07).
- Alfred Schnittke Gesellschaft, 2008, for a presentation of the Schnittke Archive’s materials at their Hamburg headquarters.
Alfred Schnittke: Symphony No 9 (1997), in three movements deciphered byAlexander Raskatov. Recorded live in 2009 by Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by AndreiBoreyko. - With the kind permission of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra (HamburgerSinfoniker).