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Alfred Shnitke (1934–1998)

Born in Engels, an autonomous region for ethnic Germans on the Volga river, Alfred Schnittke trained as a pianist in Vienna, Austria, where his father served as a correspondent for a Soviet newspaper. In 1953, he moved on to the Moscow Conservatory and served on its faculty from 1962 to 1972. Schnittke wrote over 60 film scores between 1961 and ... See full bio »


(age 63) in Hamburg, Germany

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 2014 Dom Marii (Documentary) (completed)
 2002 Lyubov imperatora (TV Series)
 1999 Night Dreams (TV Movie) (archive footage)
 1997 Hantises (as Alfred Schnittke)
 1994 Yritys päästää helvetti valloilleen - Dennis Oppenheim (Documentary short) (as Alfred Schnittke)
 1993 Presence
 1990 Théorie des ensembles (Documentary short) (as Alfred Schnittke)
 1989 Inoy (Short)
 1989 Black Square (Documentary)
 1988 Balkon
 1987 Nachalo nevedomogo veka (segment "Angel")
 1985 The Favorite
 1984 Dead Souls (TV Mini-Series)
 1983 Krepysh
 1983 Proshchanie (as A. Shnitke)
 1982 Osen (Short)
 1982 Fantazii Faryateva (TV Movie)
 1981 Zvezdopad
 1980 I s vami snova ya (Short)
 1980 Larisa (Short)
 1980 Ekipazh
 1979 Little Tragedies (TV Mini-Series)
 1977 Clowns and Kids (Short)
 1977 The Ascent (as A. Shnitke)
 1975 Rasputin
 1975 Vybor tseli
 1974 Osen
 1974 Goroda i gody
 1974 I vsyo-taki ya veryu... (Documentary)
 1973 V mire basen (Short)
 1972 Chayka
 1972 Butterfly (Short)
 1972 Pro chudaka lyagushonka (Short) (as A. Shnitke)
 1971 Ty i ya
 1971 Dyadya Vanya
 1970 Sport, sport, sport (Documentary) (as A. Shnitke)
 1970 Armoire (Short)
 1969 Vals (TV Movie)
 1969 Ballerina on the Boat (Short)
 1968 Dom i khozyain (as A. Shnitke)
 1968 The Glass Harmonica (Short)
 1967 The Commissar
 1966 Shutochka (TV Movie)
 1963 Vyzyvaem ogon na sebya (TV Mini-Series)
 1963 Vstuplenie
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Alfred Schnittke | A. Shnitke

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I see no conflict in being both serious and comic in the same piece. In fact, I cannot have one without the other.


He was the father of Russian composer and rock musician Andrey Shnitke.

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