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Title:Composing the Sacred in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: History and Christianity in Alfred Schnittke's Concerto for Choir
Author(s):Turgeon, Melanie Edwardine
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Donna Buchanan
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Slavic and East European
Abstract:Schnittke wrote the Concerto for Choir during one of his most prolific compositional years, 1985, the same year that Mikhail Gorbachev, the architect of Soviet glasnost, came to power, and the year Schnittke suffered from the first of five strokes. The Concerto is scored for a cappella mixed chorus, and its text is the work of the tenth-century Armenian monk and poet, Gregor Narekatsi (951--1003). The work is demanding and challenging, and its approximate length of forty-seven minutes requires great endurance. These characteristics, plus a lengthy Russian text, have not diminished interest in performing and recording the work. The entire second half of this dissertation includes a thorough analysis of Schnittke's Concerto. It provides essential information for conductors wanting to successfully perform this monumental twentieth-century composition.
Issue Date:2007
Description:240 p.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3270044
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2007

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