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POSTLUDE in memory of Schnittke op112 for solo violin

POSTLUDE in Memory of Alfred Schnittke for solo violin, Op.112 (1998). Schnittke died on 3rd August 1998. A few days later I attended Schnittke's funeral in Moscow. On the way home afterwards I immediately had an idea for the memorial tribute to a composer whom I had known and admired nearly all my musical life. The Postlude is in three sections. The outer two play only with musical letters from Alfred Schnittke's name, the contrasting middle section spells out the names of about twenty composers whose influences I imagine were extremely important for Schnittke. These begin with Bach and include Brahms, Wagner, Bruckner, Mahler, Shoenberg, Berg, Webern, Shostakovich, ending with Beethoven.

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