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Moz-Art for two violins

Alfred Schnittke (b. 1934 - d. 1998)

Vadim Gluzman (photo credit: Marco Borggreve)

Vadim Gluzman (photo credit: Marco Borggreve)

Composer
Alfred Schnittke (b. 1934 - d. 1998)
Composition Year
1976
Artists
Vadim Gluzman [violin], Pekka Kuusisto [violin]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Loose pages from an almost lost score by the Viennese Court Composer, Joannes Ahrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Composed by the same, by his very own hand, in February of the year 1783, and after almost two hundred years of neglect heard in a wondrous fashion in a dream by his most faithful pupil and most devoted admirer Alfredus Henricus Germanus Rusticus of Moscow, on the night of 23rd-24th February 1976 and committed to paper from what he heard with the greatest precision, and ornamented by means of small additions in accordance with the taste of the present time.

Moz-Art exists in four versions, each one circling around an unfinished pantomime written by Mozart in 1783, scored for two violins, viola and bass, only Mozart’s hand-written violin part surviving. Schnittke bases his irreverent piece on this material, going out of his way to show the playful atmosphere so common in Mozart – to be quite honest this is above all a musical joke, a humorous collage of Mozart’s music.

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Moz-Art for two violins

Composer: Alfred Schnittke (b. 1934 - d. 1998)
Performance date: Monday 1st July 2013
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Alfred Schnittke (b. 1934 - d. 1998)
Work Title Moz-Art for two violins
Composition Year 1976
Artist(s) Vadim Gluzman [violin], Pekka Kuusisto [violin]
Performance Date Monday 1st July 2013
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Main Evening Concert
Duration 00:06:16
Recording Engineer Damian Chennells, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Duo
Instrumentation 2vn
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Loose pages from an almost lost score by the Viennese Court Composer, Joannes Ahrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Composed by the same, by his very own hand, in February of the year 1783, and after almost two hundred years of neglect heard in a wondrous fashion in a dream by his most faithful pupil and most devoted admirer Alfredus Henricus Germanus Rusticus of Moscow, on the night of 23rd-24th February 1976 and committed to paper from what he heard with the greatest precision, and ornamented by means of small additions in accordance with the taste of the present time.

Moz-Art exists in four versions, each one circling around an unfinished pantomime written by Mozart in 1783, scored for two violins, viola and bass, only Mozart’s hand-written violin part surviving. Schnittke bases his irreverent piece on this material, going out of his way to show the playful atmosphere so common in Mozart – to be quite honest this is above all a musical joke, a humorous collage of Mozart’s music.