Alfred Scnittke was born in Engels, on the Volga river on 24 November 1934 in the Soviet Union. His mother was of German ethnicity, born in Russia and his father was an atheist, born in Frankfurt to a Jewish family of Russian origin. Much has been made of this cultural melting pot that influenced the young Schnittke and became a force in his work. His father, a journalist, was relocated to Vienna and the young Schnittke began his musical education there in 1946. This early musical exposure to the Austro-German tradition of Western music must have been a crucial influence manifested in his later work.
Sic Jesus pastor bonus -
Start streaming and receive a 10% discount off all your downloads from our extensive collection of high definition classical music.