Irina Schnitke: “We must reject the stamps and just listen to music”

Irina Schnitke: "We must reject the stamps and just listen to music"

Irina Schnittke. Photos – Konstantin Zavrazhin / RG /

At the Moscow State Institute of Music named after Schnittke, a unique space consisting of three rooms appeared recently.

In one of them there will be an archive, an opportunity to work with which will receive graduate students, including the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnesins Music College.

“It seems to me, if you are at the Schnittke Institute, then first of all you need to study his music. This is probably the main reason why I transferred this archive.

And I really like that there will also be a room where you can come and listen to records in your headphones, disks – everything in the archive “

– Irina Schnittke shared. In her opinion, the main thing is to really learn to listen to music.

“I just wanted everyone to call to listen, so to speak, with an open mind. Forget about what avant-gardists are, dodecaphonists, pointillists and other “ists.” Because every composer is a living person, and his talent can be revealed through different techniques.

Only music remains, which is filled with the composer’s thoughts about today, about the past and the future. Technology is not very important. It seems to me that we need to discard any stamps and just listen to music. “

According to Irina Schnittke, the new cabinet is really special: in this atmosphere the operas The History of Dr. Johann Faust and Gesualdo were written, as well as the Eighth Symphony and many other works – in general, a lot.

The widow of the composer noted that almost all of his works Alfred Garryevich wrote at the table and never wrote at the piano:

“He said that music was always being cooked in the head. He could go to the instrument and check something, and when he finished the composition, he usually portrayed it to me on the piano. “

Irina Schnitke: "We must reject the stamps and just listen to music"

Irina Schnittke shared her thoughts about the fact that an inexperienced audience can get acquainted with the composer’s work with more understandable works. The pianist also noted the important role of preparation for the perception of complex musical works.

“I want to note that those who find it difficult to immediately understand such works as the Second or Eighth Symphony can begin with music, from applied music, from the same Gogol. All the compositions are very different: some are very easy to perceive, some need to be listened to many times in order that everything suddenly becomes clear and simple. All I’ve heard about “elite art” is nonsense. Just any music you need to learn to perceive.

For example, at concerts I saw a different audience, including an unprepared one. And every time I remember that there was a music club, which was conducted by the composer Grigory Samuilovich Frid. He collected youth, music lovers. They were not professionals, not musicians. And Fried introduced them to the mass of modern music, and they asked questions that at first seemed ridiculous.

But time passed, and in a year or two or three this audience was no worse than professionals in the perception of music. All I want to say is listen, listen and listen.

During the press conference Irina Schnittke answered various questions of teachers and students of the Institute of Music. The questions were very different: some concerned the work of the great composer, others – the preferences of Irina Fedorovna herself.

Irina Schnitke: "We must reject the stamps and just listen to music"

They asked about your favorite music, books, and how Alfred Schnittke rested. The last question was a very simple answer: “He did not rest.”

The widow of the composer recalled that even on days off, when Alfred Garryevich finished one work and did not start another, he became ill. Therefore, the composer tried, finishing one, immediately to start another, in order to avoid such interruptions in work.

Irina Schnittke also shared her future plans for concert activity:

“My last speech was two years ago in the Small Hall of the Glinka Philharmonic. Then I decided that enough. But recently there were new proposals, so maybe I’ll play a little more. “

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