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Chronology of Schnittke's Life and Work

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Date Life Works Premières, cultural life and politics
1934-11-24 Birth in Engels (Boronsk), the capital of the Autonomous Soviet Republic of the Volga German, established by Lenin after the Revolution of 1917.    
1934     Stalin’s terror increases in the Soviet Union. Writer Maxim Gorky declares new principles of so-called “socialist realism,” hailing Stalin as a “Great Leader.”
1941-04[05] Schnittke auditions at the Central Music School for gifted children, a branch of the Moscow Conservatory    
1941-06 Schnittke returns to Engels    
1941-06-22     Germany invades the Soviet Union.
1941-07 Schnittke’s family stays in Engels, because his father, Harry is able to prove that he is a Jew    
1941-07-28     Stalin orders the dissolution of the Republic of the Volga Germans. All Volga Germans go into exile, some to Siberia, and others to Kazakhstan.
1945 Schnittke’s father moves to Vienna where he obtained a position on the staff of the newspaper Österreichische Zeitung, published by the occupying forces in Austria.    
1945 Schnittke hears about Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Operafrom his father. He hears Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 on the radio.    
1946 Schnittke moves to Vienna with his family. He plays an accordion given to his father. He begins music theory and piano lessons.    
1946   First composition: a piano piece in A major (reused in his music for film cartoons).  
1946-48 Schnittke attends numerous concerts in Vienna (especially Beethoven, Schubert, and Bruckner). Sees operas by Mozart, Wagner, Leoncavallo, and Mascagni.    
1948 Schnittke’s family returns to Russia, settling in the small village of Valentinovka, near Moscow.    
1948     Andrei Zhdanov, Stalin’s spokesman for “Communism in the Arts,” accuses Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and others (such as the poet Anna Akhmatova and the satirist Mikhail Zoshchenko) of “formalism.” Tikhon Khrennikov is appointed head of the Union of Soviet Composers by special decree of Stalin and retains this position for more than 40 years.
1948   [Ivashkin: Lost: Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra (lost), starts working on.]  
1949 Reads Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus for the first time.    
1949   Lost: Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra  
1949-08 Schnittke auditions for the October Revolution Music College in Moscow. He becomes a student in the Choirmasters’ Department. This is his only chance to study music.    
1950-52 Starts regular private lessons in music theory with Iosif Ryzhkin. Regular piano classes under Vassily Shaternikov, along with fellow students such as Rodion Shchedrin, Karen Khachaturian, and Yuri Butsko.    
1950-52 Discussion of Skriabin, whose music is officially banned at the time. As a pianist Schnittke performs Hayden, Mozart, Chopin, and Grieg. LPs first appear in Soviet Union, and Schnittke borrows many records.    
1952-02-18 Schnittke is present at the first performance of Prokofies’s Sinfonia Concertante in Moscow; it is played by Mstislav Rostropovich and conducted by Sviatoslav Richter.    
1953-03-05     Stalin and Prokofiev both die.
1953-03 Schnittke is unable to attend Prokofiev’s funeral because millions are thronging Red Square to say farewell to their dictator. September: Commences his studies at the Moscow Conservatory, studying composition with Evgeni Golubev and orchestration with Nikolai Rakov.    
1953   Early: Poème, for piano and orchestra, first completed orchestral score.  
1953   Early: The Passing Line of Clouds Grows Thinner, for voice and piano, to a poem by Alexander Pushkin (in Russian)  
1953   Fugue, for solo violin  
1953-12-28 Schnittke attends the first performance of Shostakovich’sSymphony No. 10, which makes a strong and lasting impression.    
1953-54   Early: Six Preludes, for piano  
1954-55 Begins to study scores of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, and Stravinsky, and later of Kodály, Hindemtih, and Orff. Only now are scores from these composers available in USSR.    
1954-55   [Ivashkin: Sonata for piano, first compositions at the Conservatory.]  
1954-55   Early: Variations, for piano  
1954-55   Early: Sonata [No. 0] for Violin and Piano  
1954-55   Early: Dusk, for voice and piano, to a poem by Fyodor Tyutchev (in Russian)  
1954-55   Early: Beggar, for voice and piano, to a poem by Mikhail Lermontov  
1954-55   Early: Brich Tree, for voice and piano, to a poem by Stepan Shchiparev (in Russian)  
1954-55   Early: Scherzo, for piano quintet, later for orchestra  
1954-55   Early: Intermezzo, for piano quintet  
1954-55   Early: Suite, for strings, later for chamber orchestra  
1954-55   Early: Overture, for Orchestra  
1956   [Ivashkin: Receives his first official commission: Three Choruses.]  
1956-02-04 Following its Moscow première, Schnittke is greatly influenced by Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1.    
1956-03 Schnittke marries Galina Koltsina, a musicologist and fellow student at the Conservatory. Their marriage is to last 3 years.    
1956-02     The 20 th congree of the Soviet Communist Party openly condemns Stalin’s methods amid sensational disclosure of his crimes.
1956-10     Soviet troops invade Hungary.
1956-02   Makes plan to write his own violin concerto.  
1956-10   [Ivashkin: Schnittke finishes a Symphony (No. 0), a student effort; it is greatly influenced by Stravinsky.]  
1956-57   Early: Symphony[No. 0]  
1957   Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra . He later revised the score twice (final version in 1963).  
1958?   Play: Mayakovsky’s Debut, poem by Mayakovsky  
1958   Vocalise, for mixed choir a capella  
1958 Graduates from the Moscow Conservatory. Schnittke starts postgraduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory, remaining there until 1961. Early: Nagasaki, oratorio for mezzo-soprano, mixed choir and orchestra on a text by Anatoly Sofronov, Georgi Fere, Eneda Eisaku and Simedziku Toson [Graduation piece] Nagasaki is criticized by the Composer’ Union for modernism. Shostakovich writes in support of Nagasaki, which is recorded for radio transmission abroad, but not within the USSR.
1959   Early: Songs of War and Peace, cantata for soprano, mized choir and orchestra on texts by Anatoly Leontyev and Andrei Pokrovsky, based on modern Russian folk songs. [Ivashkin: A cantata based on modern folk tune he found in the Conservatory’s archives.]  
1959   Unfinished: String Quartet  
1959     Première: Early: Nagasaki, Moscow Nina Postavnicheva, mezzo-soprano – USSR Tadio and TV Full Symphony Orchestra – Algis Ž iuraitis, conductor
1960   Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (No. 1)  
1960   [Ivashkin: Unfinished: String Quartet]  
1960   Unfinished: Concerto for Electric Instrument  
1960     Première: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (No. 1), Moscow Leonid Brumberg, piano – USSR State Symphony Orchestra – Vladimir Bakharev, conductor
1960-12-20     Première: Early: Songs of War and Peace, Moscow, Great Hall of the Conservatoire USSR State Symphony Orchestra – Dzhermal Dalgat, conductor. [Ivashkin: Afterward Shostakovich shakes Schnittke’s hand, pronouncing the cantata “a remarkable work.”]
1961 Enters the Composers’ Union with Poem about SpaceSchnittke is invited to teach at the Moscow Conservatory (until 1971). Composes Poem about Space for electronic instruments, including the theremin. Shostakovich sharply criticizes Poem about Space for its “old-fashioned modernism.”
1961-02-04 Marries the pianist Irina Katayeva, his former private student.    
1961-08     A wall is built in Berlin to prevent defection from East to West.
1962   Suite for Children, for small orchestra  
1962 Schnittke is on the verge of becoming an official composer. Schnittke is blacklisted by the Composers’ Union and remains so until the mid-1980s. He composes for the film industry; much of their material is also used in his serious compositions. Early: The Eleventh Commandment, opera in two acts, libretto by Marina Churova, Georgy Ansimov and Alfred Schnittke. [Ivashkin: official commission for the Bolshoi Theater.]  
1962   Film: Introduction, produced by Mosfil – Igor Talankin (director)  
1962   TV: The Rose and the Cross (after Alexander Blok), produced by TV film – Lev Elagin (director)  
1962     Première: Suite for Children, Moscow USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra – Algis Žiuraitis, conductor
1962     The Eleventh Commandment is played for the board of the Bolshoi Opera, but is not accepted for performance. The “Khrushchev Thaw” results in the publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, which is praised even in the official newspaper Pravda.
1962-10     The Cuban missiles crisis brings the United States and the USSR to the brink of war.
1963 Begin of serial period    
1963     Luigi Nono visits Russia as a member of the Italian Communist Party. He meets Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, and other Russian composers, and tell them about the most recent Western music.
1963   Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano [Ivashkin: dedicated to Mark Lubotsky]  
1963   Prelude and Fugue, for piano  
1963-11-26     Première: Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra, Moscow Mark Lubotsky, violin – USSR Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1963-64   TV: Aim the Barrage at Us (4 parts) Produced by Mosfilm – Sergei Kolosov (director)  
1964     End of the “thaw” following Khrushchec’s dismissal as Head of the Communist Party. Beginning of “stagnation” (until 1985) under Leonid Brezhnev.
1964   Music for Piano and Chamber Orchestra  
1964   Lost: Music for Chamber Orchestra  
1964-05-10     Première: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Kazan Mark Lubotsky, violin – Alfred Schnittke, piano
1965   Three Poems by Marina Tsvetayeva, for soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano (in Russian)  
1965   Dialogue, for violoncello and 7 instrumentalists. There is also a version for trombone by Christian Lindberg (1988) and one for bass clarinet by Volker Hemken (1992) available.  
1965   Improvisation and Fugue, for piano  
1965   Variations on a Chord, for piano  
1965   Film: Adventures of a Dentist, produced by Mosfilm – Elem Klimov (director)  
1965?   TV: The Concealed Cabalerro (after Calderón de la Barca), produced by TV Film – Evgeni Savadski (director)  
1965   Suite from Film: Adventures of a Dentist (arranged for light music ensemble by P. Dementyev)  
1965     Première: Prelude and Fugue, Moscow Leonid Brumberg
1965-02-23 Birth of Andrei Schnittke    
1965-09     Première: Music for Piano and Orchestra, Warshaw, Washaw Autumn Festival Alexandra Utrecht, piano – Puznań Symphony Orchestra – Vitold Krmenski, conductor That was Schnittke’s first performance abroad; Universal Edition buys rights to the work and becomes one of Schnittke’s two principal publishers.
1965-10     Music for Chamber Orchestra is performed in Leipzig in November.
1965-11     Première: Lost: Music for Chamber Orchestra
1965-12-01   Play: Somebody’s Life, by Dmitri Cholendro Première: Moscow, Mossoviet Theatre Yevgeni Savadski (director)
1966   Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, dedicated to Mark Lubotsky. First commission from abroad. From now on, performances of Schnittke’s works at major European Festival become more numerous.
1966   String Quartet no. 1, dedicated by Rostislav Dubinsky, Primarius of the Borodin Quartet  
1966   Film: Just a Little Joke, produced by Mosfilm – Andrei Smirnov (director)  
1966-01     Première: Three Poems by Marina Tsvetayeva, Moscow Svetlana Yerofeyeva, mezzo-soprano
1966-04-17   Play: The Colonel’s Widow, by Yuhan Smuul Première: Moscow, Mossoviet Theatre Les Tanyuk (director)
1966-06-20     Première: Variations on a Chord, Moscow Irina Schnittke
1966-07-12     Première: Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, Jyväskylä Mark Lubotsky, violin – Helsinki Radio Orchestra – Friedrich Cerha, conductor
1967     Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita (written in the late 1930s, and very important for generations of Soviet intelligentsia) is published for the first time in Moscow.
1967   Film: The Commissar (in the town of Berdichev), produced by Maxim Gorki Studio – Alexander Askoldov (director)  
1967-05-07     Première: String Quartet No. 1, Leningrad Borodin Quartet
1967-09 Travels to Warsaw for the…   Première: Dialogue, Warshaw, Warshaw Autumn Festival Alexander Cechanski, violoncello – Instrumental Ensemble of the Warshaw Philharmonic Society – Tadeusz Dobrinski, conductor
1968     Publication of Solzhenitsyn’s Cancer Ward.
1968 Begins working with Andrei Khrzhanovsky, director of film cartoons. Begin of Polystylistic period    
1968   Magdalena’s Song, for voice and piano on words by Boris Pasternak (Russian)  
1968   Pianissimo, for orchestra  
1968   Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (Quasi una Sonata), dedicated to Lyuba and Mark (Lybov Yedlina and Mark Lubotsky). Uses music from Glass Harmonica (film cartoon)  
1968   Sonata for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, chamber orchestra version of the Sonata No. 1 for violin and Piano  
1968   Serenade . Uses music from Glass Harmonica (film cartoon).  
1968   Film: Day Stars, produced by Mosfilm – Igor Talankin (director)  
1968   Film: The Ownerless House, produced by Mosfilm – Budimir Metalnikov (director)  
1968   Film: The Angel, produced by Central Experimenal Film Studio – Sergei Smirnov (director)  
1968   Film: The Sixth of July, produced by Mosfilm – Juli Karasik (director)  
1968   Film: Used Cartridge Cases, produced by Maxim Gorki Studio – Evgeni Fridman (director)  
1968   TV: The Night Call, produced by Ekran Studio – Valerian Kvachadze (director)  
1968   Cartoon: The Glass Accordion, produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Andrei Chrshanovsky (director)  
1968     The orchestral piece Pianissimo (based on Frank Kafka) is premièred at the Donaueschingen Festival.
1969     Alexander Solzhenitsyn is expelled from the Writers' Union
1969   Work on a film documentary, The World Today (music from the film is used in the Symphony No. 1)  
1969   [Stream, electronic music]  
1969   Film: Sick at Heart (after a story by Anton Cheknov), produced by Mosfilm – Boris Blank (director)  
1969   TV: The Waltz, produced by Mosfilm Studio, TV Section – Viktor Titov (director)  
    Cartoon: A Ballerina Abroad, produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Lev Atamonov (director)  
1969-72 Writes over 13 film scores.    
1969-72   Symphony No. 1  
1969-02-24     Première: sonata No. 2 for violin and Piano (Quasi una Sonata), Kazan Mark Lubotsky, violin – Lyubov Yedlina, piano
1969 (Spring)     Première: Serenade, Moscow Alexander Melnikov, violin – Lev mikhailov, clarinet – Rustem Gabdullin, double bass – Boris Berman, piano – Merk Pekarsky, percussion – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1969-10-19     Première: Pianissimo, Donaueschingen Südmestfunk-Orchester Baden-Baden – Ernst Bour, conductor
196? (late)   Play: Boris Gudunov, poem by Alexander Pushkin Première
1970   Suite from Film: Sport, Sport, Sport (compilation by Emin Khachaturian)  
1970-01-03   Play: Way of the Cross, based on Alexei Tolstoy’s like-named novel Première: Moscow, Central Theatre of the Soviet Army Aiseni Yachalchik (director)
1971   Labyrinths, ballet in five episodes. Libretto by Vladimir Vasilyev.  
1971   Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Strings, dedicated to Heinz Holliger, Ursula Holliger and the Zagreb Soloists Chamber Orchestra  
1971   Verses Written in the Sleeplessness of the Night, for voice and piano on verses by Alexander Pushkin (Russian). Originally composed for a television production.  
1971   Canon in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky, for string quartet, commissioned by the music magazine ‘Tempo’, London  
1971   Eight Pieces, for piano  
1971   Film: Belorussian Station, produced by Mosfilm – Andrei Smirnov  
1971   Film: Uncle Vanya (after Anton Chekhov's likenamed play), produced by TV film – Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky (director)  
1971   Film: Sport, Sport, Sport, produced by Mosfilm – Elem Klimov (director)  
1971   Film: The Seagull (after Anton Chekhov's likenamed play), produced by Mosfilm – Juli Karasik (director)  
1971   TV: The Last Run of the 'Albatross' ( 4 parts), produced by Ekran Studio – Leonid Pcholkin (director)  
1971   TV: A Cottage in Kolomna, produced by TV film – Lev Elagin (director)  
1971   Cartoon: The Wardrobe, produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Andrei Chrshanovsky (director)  
1971   Documentary: Our Gagarin, produced by Central Documentary Film Studio – Irina Besarabova (director)  
1971     Première: Cana in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky, London Borodin Quartet
1971-12-21     Première: Eight Pieces, Moscow Andrei Schnittke (only nos. 1-4)
1972 Sudden death of Schnittke mother.    
1972 A new simpler style now prevails in his music. [Ivaskin: Starts work on Requiem.]  
1972   Voices of Nature, for 10 female voices and vibraphone (without text)  
1972   Suite in Old Style, for violin and piano (harpsichord)  
1972   Film: You and Me, produced by Mosfilm – Larissa Shepitko (director)  
1972   Cartoon: Cheer Up, The Worst is Yet to Come, produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Lev Atamanov (director)  
1972   Cartoon: The Butterfly, produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Andrei Chrshanovsky (director)  
1972   Cartoon: The Strange Little Frog (The Funny Merry-Go-Roung No. 4), produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Valery Ugarov (director)  
1972   Documentary: Chile Fights and Hopes, produced by Central Documentary Film Studio – Yuri Monglovsky (director)  
1972     Première: Labyrinths, first episode, Moscow, All-Union Ballet Competition Chamber Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre – Vladimir Vasilyev, choreographer – Adolf Bruk, conducor.
1972-74   Film: The World Today(and yet I believe) (2 parts), produced by Mosfilm – Michail Romm (director)  
1972-76   Piano Quintet  
1972-05     Première: Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Strings, Zagreb, Zagreb Biennale Heinz Holliger, oboe – Ursula Holliger, harp – Zagreb Soloists Chamber Orchestra
1973 Publishes his article "Paradox as a Feature of Stravinsky's Musical Logic"    
1973     Mstislav Rostropovich leaves the USSR.
1973   Film: Where the Arbat Crosses Bubulinas Street, produced by Mosfilm – Manos Zakharias (director)  
1973   Film: Hot Snow, produced by Mosfilm – Gavril Egiasarov (director)  
1973   Film: The Right to Jump, produced by Mosfilm – Valery Kremnyov (director)  
1973   TV: My Past and my Thoughts (17 part production after Alexander Herzen), produced by TV film – Lev Elagin (director)  
1973   Cartoon: In Fableworld, produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Andrei Chrshanovsky (director)  
1973   Documentary: The Arduous Roads of Peace (The Balance of Terror), produced by Central Documentary Film Studio – Michail Romm (director). Completed by Elem Klimov and Marlen Khutsiev)  
1973-04     Première: Improvisation and Fugue, Moscow Vladimir Krainev
1973-74   Composes Der gelbe Klang, a "scenic composition" for pantomime, soprano, chorus, and chamber ensemble; libretto by Vassily Kandinsky, partly based on Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophical ideas.  
1974     Khrennikov says that Schnittke obviously lacks all talent for writing music and should not compose.
1974     The political atmosphere in Russia hardens when Solzhenitsyn is deported.
1974 Schnittke is not permitted to present Symphony No. 1 in Moscow.    
1974   Gratulationsrondo, for violin and piano, dedicated to Rostislav Dubinsky on the occasion of his 50 th birthday  
1974   Film: Cities and Years, produced by Mosfilm – Alexander Zarkhy (director)  
1974   Film: The Agony (part 1), produced by Mosfilm – Elem Klimov (director)  
1974   Film: The Captain's Daughter (after Alexander Pushkin), produced by Mosfilm – Pavel Resnikov (director)  
1974-79   Hymns I-IV . Each hymn can be performed separately.  
1974/81   Suite from Film: The Agony (compilation by Emin Khachaturian)  
1974-02-09     Première: Symphony No. 1, Gorky (Nizhny Nolvgorod) Gorky Philharmonic Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor.
1974-03-27     Première: Suite in Old Style & Gratulationsrondo, Moscow Mark Lubotsky, violin – Lyubov Yedlina, piano
1975 Writes an article "Circles of Influence," describing how "for the past fifty years [Russian] music has been under the influence of Shostakovich.    
1975 Schnittke is not allowed to attend…   Première of Der gelbe Klang, Saint Bomme (France), Festival of Modern Music.
1975     Première: Voices of Nature, Moscow Moscow Conservatoire Students’ Choir – Boris Tevlin, conductor
1975   Eight Songs from the Incidental Music to Friedrich Schiller’s “Don Carlos”, for voice and piano or guitar (in Russian). No. 4 (‘Evil monks’) requires additional instruments: marimba, vibraphone, bells, timpani, tam-tam, electric guitar and bass guitar.  
1975   Requiem, from the stage music to Friedrich Schiller’s drama “Don Carlos”, for 3 sopranos, contralto, tenor, mixed choir and instrumental ensemble (in Latin)  
1975   Cantus Perpetuus, for keyboard instrument (piano, harpsichord, organ or celesta), solo percussionist and 4 percussionists (in the stage corners). the performance ofCantus Perpetuus results to be somehow problematic since the work exists only in the form of a diagram that has to be interpreted by the performers. Schnittke regarded the Pekarski interpretation, as it was performed in Moscow, as the final version. Unfortunately it has not been possible to reconstruct that version.  
1975   Cadenza, to W. A. Mozart's Piano Concerto in C minor K. 491 (1st movement)  
1975   Arrangement: W. A. Mozart, Pantomine, suite for chamber ensemble (Completion of Violin I and instrumentation for chamber ensemble of Mozart's Fragment K. 416d)  
1975   Film: Autumn, produced by Mosfilm – Andrei Smirnov (director)  
1975-08     Shostakovich dies.
1975-08   Prelude in Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich, for 2 violins or for 1 violin and tape  
1975-12-05     Première: Prelude in Memory of D. Shostakovich, Moscow Mark Lubotsky, violin
1975-12-14     Première: Cantus Perpetuus, Moscow Alexei Lubimov, keyboard – Mark Pekarsky, percussion
    Première: Arrangement: W. A. Mozart, Pantomine, Moscow (New Year's Day) Gidon Kremer, Tatyana Grindenko, Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan, Alexei Lubimov and others
1976   Der Sonnengesang des Franz von Assisi, for mixed two choir and 6 instruments on texts by S. Francesco d’Assisi (in Gernan)  
1976   Moz-Art, for 2 violins (after sketches by W. A. Mozart, K. 416d)  
1976   Arrangement: D. Shostakovich, Two Preludes for Small Orchestra (transcription of Nos. 1 and 2 from Five Preludes for Piano Op. 2 [1921])  
1976   Film: Selecting a Target (2 parts), produced by Mosfilm – Igor Talankin (director)  
1976   Film: Ricky-Ticky-Tavi (after Rudyard Kipling's novel), produced by Tsentrnaukhfilm – Alexander Tsguridi (director)  
1976   Film: The White Steamer, produced by Kirghizfilm – Bulat Shamshiev (director)  
1976   Film: How Tsar Peter Got the Black Man Married, produced by Mosfilm – Alexander Mitta (director)  
1976   Film: Clowns and Kids, produced by Mosfilm – Alexander Mitta (director)  
1976   Film: The Ascent, produced by Mosfilm – Larissa Shepitko (director)  
1976   Suite from Film: How Tsar Peter Got the Blach Man Married, for small orchestra  
1976-02     Première: Moz-Art, for 2 violins, Vienna Gidon Kremer and Tatiana Grindenko, violins
1976-09     Première: Piano Quintet, [Ivashkin: Tbilisi] Georgian String Quartet – Nodar Gabunia, piano
1976-12-26   Play: Caesar and Cleopatra, play in 5 acts by George Bernard Shaw Play: Don Carlos, dramatical poem by Friedrich Schiller Première: Moscow, mossoviet Theatre Yevgeni Savadski (director)
1977     Khrennikov's office spreads the lie that Schnittke has defected to the West. Kremer performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto with Schnittke's cadenza (which quotes from all the major violin concerto). One American critic advises performers "to keep the moustaches off the Mona Lisas."
1977 Visits Bruckner’s burial place in the Austrian monastery of St. Florian.    
1977 Schnittke makes is first trip to the West with the Lituanian Chamber Orchestra as a harpsichordist/pianist in his Concerto Grosso and Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa -- he is allowed to travel only as a performer, not as a composer.    
1977 In Vienna, Schnittke revisits his first piano teacher, Charlotte Ruber. Beginning of international success.    
1977   Concerto Grosso No. 1, for two violins, harpsichord, prepared piano and strings, dedicated to Gidon Kremer, Tatiana Grindenko and Saulius Sondecki. Composed at the request of Gidon Kremer. There is also a version by the composer with flute and oboe replacing the two solo violins (1988) and an arrangement for two flutes by András Adorján (1989).  
1977   Magdalina, for voice and piano, on a poem by Boris Pasternak (part of Hommage à Zhivago)  
1977   Moz-Art à la Haydn, play on music for 2 violins, 2 small string orchestras, double-bass and conductor (after sketches by W. A. Mozart, K. 416d), dedicated to Tatyana Grindenko and Gidon Kremer.  
1977   Two Cadenzas, to Ludwig Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61 for solo violin, 10 violins and timpani  
1977   Arrangement: P. Tchaikovsky, Queen of Spades, opera in 2 acts after Alexander Pushkin  
1977   Film: Travka's Adventures, produced by Mosfilm – Arkadi Kordon (director)  
1977   Film: The Life-Story of an Unknown Actor, produced by Mosfilm – Alexander Zarkhy (director)  
1977   Film: My Memories Take Me to You (after Alexander Pushkin), produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Andrei Khrshanovsky (director)  
1977   Film: Human Requitale, produced by Mosfilm – Alexander Svetlanov (director)  
1977-78   In Memoriam, for orchestra (orchestra version of the Piano Quintet)  
1977-03-21     Première: Concerto Grosso No. 1, Leningrad Gidon Kremer and Tatiana Grindenko, violins – Yuri Smirnov, keyboard instruments – Leningrad Chamber Orchestra – Eri Klas, conductor
1977 (Fall)     Première: Requiem, Budapest, Festival of Budapest Musical Weeks Kodály Choir
1978   Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Chamber Orchestra  
1978   Sonata No. 1 for Violoncello and Piano . There is also an arrangement for viola and string orchestra by Yuri Bashmet.  
1978   Stille Nacht, for violin and piano on motives of the likenamed German Christmas carol  
1978   Film: Father Serghey (after Lev Tolstoy), produced by Mosfilm, Agor Talankin (director)  
1978   TV: Trainers (8 parts), produced by Tsentrnaukh film – Alexander Tsguridi and Nana Kldiaskvili (directors)  
1978   Play: A Duck Shooting Party, by Alexander Vampilov Première.
1978-06-07     Première: Labyrinths, Leningrad, Academic Choir Hall Old and Modern Music Orchestra – Eduar Serov, conductor
1978-06-09   Play: The Inspector’s Tale, after Nikolai Gogol Première: Moscow, Taganka Theatre Yuri Lyubimov (director)
1979     Pravda prints "Planning an Outrage", attacking an upcoming new production (in Paris) of Tchaikovsky'sQueen of Spades in which Schnittke is involved, together with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and producer Yury Liubimov.
1979 Interests himself in Yoga, cabbala, I Ching, and anthroposophy.    
1979   Symphony No. 2, for mixed chamber choir and large orchestra (in Latin). Inspired by his 1977 visit to Bruckner’s burial place in St. Florian.  
1979   Composes Four Hymns (on old Russian church tunes)  
1979   Concerto for Piano and Strings  
1979   Polyphonic Tango, for ensemble  
1979   Stille Musik for violin and violoncello, dedicated to Mikhail Druskin  
1979   Hommage à Igor Stravinsky, Sergey Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, for piano six-hands  
1979   TV: The Fancies of Faryatyev (after Lev Tolstoy), produced by Lenfilm – Illia Averbach (director)  
1979   Documentary: Paradoxes of Evolution, produced by Tsentrnaukhfilm – Alexander Tsguridi and Nana Kldiashvili (directors)  
1979-80   Passacaglia, for orchestra  
1979-01     Première: Stille Nacht, Leningrad Gidon Kremer, violin – Yelena Bashkirova, piano
1979-01     Première: Sonata No. 1 for Violoncello and Piano, Moscow Natalia Gutman, violoncello – Vassily Lobanov, piano
1979-01-27     Première: Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Oleg Kagan, violin – Chamber Orchestra of Moscow Conservatoire Students – Yuri Nikolayevsky, conductor
1979-05-26     Première: Hymns I-IV, Moscow Karine Georgian, violoncello – Rustem Gabdullin, double bass – Alexander Irshai, bassoon – Irina Schnittke, harpsichord – Irina Blokha, harp – Victor Grishin, percussion
1979-09-15     Première: Polyphonic Tango, Mpscopw Ensemble of Soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1979 (Fall)     Première: Stille Musik, Paris Oleg Kagan, violin – Natalia Gutman, violoncello
1979-12-10     Première: Concerto for Piano and Strings, Leningrad Vladimir Krainez, piano – Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra – Alexander Dmitriyev, conductor
1979-12-20     Première: In Memoriam, Moscow Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1979-12-20   Play: Turandot, by Bertolt Brecht Première: Moscow, Taganka Theatre Yuri Lyubimov (director)
1979-12-28     Première: Hommage à Igor Stavisnky, Sergey Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, Moscow Victoria Postnikova, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Alexander Bakhchiyev
1980 Schnittke gives a series of lectures on 20th Century music, at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik.    
1980   Gogol Suite, suite from the music to Yuri Lubimov’s production of “The Inspector’s Tale” at the Taganka Theater in Moscow – orchestrated by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  
1980   Three Madrigals, for soprano, violin, viola, double bass, vibraphone and harpsichord on poems by Francisco Tanzer (in French, German and English), dedicated to Sofia Gubaidulina on occasion of her 50 th birthday and to Francisco Tanzer on occasion of his 60 th birthday. There is also a version for soprano and piano by the composer achieved in 1982.  
1980   String QuartetNo. 2, commissioned by Universal Edition, Vienna. Based on Russian Orthodox church tunes. Compulsory item for the International String Quartet Competition in Evian.  
1980   Three Scenes, for soprano and percussion (vocalize), dedicated to Mark Pekarski and is ensemble  
1980   Moz-Art, for oboe, harp, harpsichord, violin, violoncello and double bass (after sketches by W. A. Mozart, K. 416d)  
1980   Two Short Pieces, for organ  
1980   Two Cadenzas, to W. A. Mozart's Piano Concerto in C major K. 467  
1980   Film: The Plane Crew (2 parts), produced by Mosfilm – Elem Klimov (director)  
1980   TV: Little Tragedies (3 part production after Alexander Pushkin), produced by Mosfilm – Mikhail Schweizer (director)  
1980   Documentary: Larisa (documentary film in commemoration of Larissa Shepitko), produced by Mosfilm – Elem Klimov (director)  
1980   Suite from Film: Little Tragedies, compilation and arrangement by Yuri Kasparov.  
1980-81   Minnesang, for 52 voices on texts by the 12 th and 13 th century Minnesingers (Mönch von Salzburg, Friedrich von Sonnenburg, Alexander Meister, Heinrich von Meissen, Neidhart von Reuenthal, Walther von der Vogelweide and Wolfram von Eschenbach) (in German)  
1980-04-23     Rozhdestvensky conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the world première of the Symphony No. 2, in London.
1980-05     Première: String Quartet No. 2, Evian/France, International Competition of String Quartet Muir Quartet (USA)
1980-11-10     Première: Three Madrigals, Moscow Nelly Li, soprano – Ludmila Ignatyeva, violin – Igor Boguslavsky, viola – Nikolai Gorbunov, double bass – Victor Grishin, vibraphone – Vera Chasovennaya, harpsichord – Gennadi Rozhdestvesky, conductor
1980-12-05     Première: Gogol Suite, London BBC Symphony Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor/speaker
1981 Schnittke is elected to the Presidium of the Union of Soviet Composers and also to membership in the Academy of Arts.    
1981   Symphony No. 3, commissioned by the Gewandhaus Orchestra (Leipzig).  
1981   Film: The Agony (part 2), prodeuced by Mosfilm – Elem Klimov (director)  
1981   TV: Eugene Onegin (after Alexander Pushkin's like-named poem), produced by TV film – Yuri Krotenko (director)  
1981   Cartoon: I Am With You Again (after Alexander Pushkin), produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Andrei Chrshanovsky (director)  
1981   Documentary: What Does Babirussya Need Tusks For?, produced by Tsentrnaukhfilm – Alexander Tsguridi and Nana Kldiashvili (directors)  
1981     Première: Three Scenes, Moscow Lydia Davydova, soprano – Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble – Mark Pekarsky, conductor
1981-82   Septet, for flute, two clarinets, violin, viola, violoncello, and harpsichord (or organ)  
1981-82   Concerto Grosso No. 2, for violin, violoncello and orchestra  
1981-02-26   Play: Klim Samgin, after the novel by Maksim Gorki Première: Moscow, Mayakovsky Theatre Andrei Goncharov (director)
1981-07     Première : Moz-Art, for oboe, etc., Lockenhaus/Austria, Chamber Music festival Festival Ensemble – Gidon Kremer, conductor
1981-10-21     Première: Minnesang, Graz, Austria, Musikprotokoll Festival ‘Styrian Autumn’ Pro Arte Choir (Graz) – Karl Ernst Hoffmann, conductor
1981-11-05 Schnittke attends the triumphant…   Première: Symphony No. 3, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – Kurt Masur, conductor
1981-11-08     Première: Passacaglia, Baden-Baden Südwestfunk Orchester Baden-Baden – Jacques Mercier, conductor
1982 Decides to be baptized in Vienna as a Roman Catholic, though he usually makes his confession to a Russian Orthodox priest.    
1982   Lebenslauf, for 4 metronomes (tape), 3 percussionists and piano, dedicated to Wilfried Brennecke and John Cage  
1982   A Paganini, for solo violin  
1982   Film: Sturdy Boy, produced by Tsentrnaukhfilm – Alexander Tsguridi and Nana Kldiashvili (director)  
1982   Film: Star Fall, produced by Mosfilm – Igor Talankin (director)  
1982   Film: The Tale of Travels, produced by Mosfilm – Alexander Mitta (director)  
1982   Cartoon: Pencil and Eraser (The Funny Merry-Go-Round No. 12), produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Elena Gavrilko (director)  
1982   Cartoon: Autumn, produced by All-Union's Animated Cartoons Studio – Andrei Chrshanovsky (director)  
1982-04-25     Première: Lebenslauf, Witten, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik Christian Roderburg, Karl Joseph Kels and Karl Hausgenoss, percussion – Sabine roderburg, piano
1982-09-11     Première: Concerto Grosso No. 2, Berlin Oleg Kagan, violin – Natalia Gutman, violoncello – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Giuseppe Sinopoli, conductor
1982-09-29     Première: A Paganini, Leningrad Oleh Krysa
1982-11-14     Première: Septet, Moscow ensemble of Soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra: Alexander Golyshev, Eduard Myasnikov, Nikolai Sokolov, Ludmilla Ignatyeva, Igor Boguslavsky, Alexander Ivashkin, Vera Chasovennaya – Alexander Lazarev, conductor
1982-11-26   Play: Spare the White Bird, by Nikolai Niroshnichenko, music by A. Schnittke, Y. Schwarz, and N. Rota Première: Moscow, Young Spectator’s Theatre Vitulia Fridman (director)
1983 Schnittke's popularity in Russia reaches unprecedented heights. All his concerts sell out, and the crowds are comparable to those large-scale pop concerts.    
1983   Endstation sehnsucht (A Streetcar Named Desire), ballet in two acts by John Neumeier after the play by Tennessee Williams. Music by Sergey Prokofiev (Visions fugitives op. 22, version for strings and harp, by Rudolf Barshai and Viktor Suslin, and Alfred Schnittke (Symphony No. 1) – live of tape  
1983   “Seid Nüchtern und wachet…” (Faust Cantata), cantata for contralto, counter-tenor, tenor, bass, mixed choir and orchestra. Text from “The History of D. Johann Faustus” (in German).  
1983   Schall und Hall, for trombone and organ  
1983   String Quartet No. 3, commissioned by the Society for New Music, Mannheim  
1983   Cadenza, to W. A. Mozart's Piano Concerto in C major K. 503 (1st movement)  
1983   Two Cadenzas, to W. A. Mozart's Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in B flat major K. 191  
1983   Film: The Leave-Taking (after V. Rasputin's like-named novel), produced by Mosfilm – Larisa Shepitko and Elem Klimov (directors). Jointly composed by Alfred Schnittke, Vyacheslav Artiomov, Sofia Gubaidulina and Viktor Suslin)  
1983   Film: The Darling of the Audience, produced by Tsentrnaukhfilm – Alexander Tsguridi and Nana Kldiashvili (directors)  
1983-05-22     Première: Schall und Hall, Moscow Konstantin Khersonsky, trombone, Oleg Yanchenko, organ
1983-06-19 Schnittke is present at…   Première: “Seit Nüchtern und wachet” (Faust Cantata),Vienna Carol Wyatt, contralto – Paul Esswood, counter-tenor – Helmut Wildhaber, tenor – Günter Reich, bass – Viennese Choir and Symphony Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdesrvensky, conductor. * For the Moscow performance, the Russian pop star Alla Pugachova agrees to sing Mephisto but ultimately withdraws, thinking it would damage her image to depict the Devil.
1983-12-03     Première: Endstation sehnsucht, Stuttgart, Kleines Haus der Württembergischen Staatstheater Strings of the Württembergische Staatstheater Orchestra – Michael Collins, conductor – The Stuttgart Ballet – John Neumeier, choreographer
1983-12-30     Première: Moz-Art à la Haydn, Tbilisi Georgian Chamber Orchestra – Liana Isakadze, conductor
1984   Symphony No. 4, for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass and chamber orchestra; alternative version: orchestra with a full set of strings, contralto (or counter-tenor), tenor and mixed choir  
1984   Concerto No. 4 for Violin and Orchestra  
1984   Three Sacred Hymns, for mixed choir  
1984   Arrangement: Scott Joplin, Ragtime, for orchestra (transcription of a piano ragtime)  
1984   Arrangement: Adolf Jensen, Serenade, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (transcription of 'Serenade' for mezzo-soprano and piano)  
1984   Arrangement: Friedrich Nietzsche, Beschwörung, for mezzo-orchestra and orchestra (transcription of Friedrich Nietzsche's 'Beschwörung' for mezzo-soprano and piano)  
1984   Film: The White Poodle, produced by Tsentrnaukhfilm – Alexander Tsguridi and Nana Kldiashvili (directors)  
1984   TV: Dead Souls (4 part production after Nikolai Gogol's like-named novel), produced by Mosfilm – Mikhail Schweizer (director)  
1984   Suite from Film: Dead Souls (compilation by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky)  
1984-85   Concerto for Mixed Choir, on verses from the “Book of Mournful Songs” by Grigor of Narek (Russian translation by Naum Brebnev), dedicated to an commissioned by Valery Polyansky and the USSR State Chamber Choir. The second movement can be performed separately. There is also an arrangement for string quartet of this movement (Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief) by the Kronos Quartet (Davig Harrington, 1997).  
1984-85   Ritual, for orchestra; in memory of the victims of the Second World War (on the occasion of the 40 th Anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade)  
1984-01-06     Russian première: Der gelbe Klang, Moscow, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Ensemble of Soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra – Nelly Li, soprano – Moscow Ensemble of Plastic Drama – Gedrus Mackavicus, director – Alexander Lazarev, conductor.
1984-01-08     Première: String Quartet No. 3, Moscow Beethoven Quartet: Oleh Krysa and Nikolai Zabavnikov, violins – Fyodor Druzhinin, viola – Valentin Feigin, violoncello
1984-02-16   Play: The Devils, after Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel Première: London Yuri Lyubimov (director)
1984-02-17     Première: Arrangement: Adolf Jensen, Serenade, Moscow & Arrangement: Friedrich Nietzsche, Beschwörung Tatiana Yerastova, mezzo-soprano – USSR Ministry of Culture State Symphony Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1984-04-12     Première: Symphony No. 4, full string version, Moscow Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, USSR State Chamber Choir – Erik Kurmangaliyev, counter-tenor – Alexei Martynov, tenor – Dmitri Kitaenko, conductor
1984-07-14     Première: Concerto for Mixed Choir, 3 rd movement, Istanbul USSR State Chamber Choir – Valery Polyansky, conductor
1984-09     Première: Concerto No. 4 for Violin and Orchestra, Berlin Gidon Kremer, violin – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
1984-12-01     Première: Arrangement: Scott Joplin, Ragtime, Moscow USSR Ministry of Culture State Symphony Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1985   Othello, ballet in two acts by John Neumeier after the tragedy by William Shakespeare. Music by Alfred Schnittke (Concerto Grosso No. 1), Arvo Pärt (Mirror in a Mirror, Tabula Rasa), Nana Vasconcelos, Michael Praetorius and others.  
1985   Sketches, ballet in one act. “Choerographic fantasia” by Andrei Petrov after the themes by Nikolai Gogol. Most of the numbers are orchestral versions compiled by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky – nos. 1 and 11 were jointly composed by Alfred Schnittke, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Sofia Gubaidulina and Edison Denisov  
1985   (K)ein Sommernachtstraum, for orchestra (not after Shakespeare)  
1985   Concerto Grosso No. 3, for 2 violins and chamber orchestra  
1985   Concerto for Viola and Orchestra  
1985   Music for an Imaginary Play, for ensemble  
1985   String Trio, commissioned by the Alban Berg Society in commemoration of the composer’s 100 th anniversary  
1985   Arrangement: Alban Berg, Canon "An das frankfurter Opernhaus" (arrangement of the likenamed work by Alban Berg), for 9 strings  
1985-86   Concerto No. 1 for Violoncello and Orchestra  
1985-01-16     Première: Sketches, Moscow, Bolshoi Theater. Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor – Andrei Petrov, choreographer
1985-01-27     Première: Othello, Hamburg, Hamburgische Staatsoper (Kampnagel Fabrik) Hamburger Symphoniker – Janos Hörömpö and Franz Goldstein, violins – Heribert Beissel, piano/conductor – The Ballet of the Hamburgische Staatsoper – John Neumeier, choreographer
1985-03-15     Première: Ritual, Novosibirsk Novosibirsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra – Valery Polyansky, conductor
1985-04-02     Première: Arrangement: Alban Berg, Canon "An das frankfurter Opernhaus" (for 9 strings), Moscow Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra – Saulius Sondeckis, conductor
1985-04-20     Première: Concerto Grosso No. 3, Moscow Oleg Krysa and Tatiana Grindenko, violins – Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra – Saulius Sondeckis, conductor
1985-06-02     Première: String Trio, Moscow Oleg Krysa, violin – Fyodor Druzhinin., viola – Valentin Feigin, violoncello
1985-08     Première: (K)ein Sommernachtsctraum, Salzburg, Slazburg Festival ORF Orchestra – Leopold Hager, conductor
1985-07-19 Suffers his first stroke at the Black Sea resort of Pitsunda. Three times he is pronounced clinically dead, but he rallied. He gradually returns to work.    
1985-09   Resumes his work on Cello Concerto No. 1  
1985-11-07     Première: Music for an Imaginary Play, Moscow, Great Hall of the Conservatoire Ensemble of Soloists of the USSR Ministry of Culture State Symphony Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1986   [Ivashkin: Completes the ballet Peer Gynt]  
1986     First year of Mikhail Gorbachov’s perestroika and glasnost’.
1986-01-09     Première: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Amsterdam Yuri Bashmet, viola – Koninklink Concertgebouworkest – Lukas Vis, conductor
1986-01-12     [Ivashkin: Yuri Bashmet performs the Viola Concerto in Amsterdam, but Schnittke is not well enough to attend.]
1986-02-05     Première: Sonata for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Oleg Kagan, violin – Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra – Saulius Sondeckis, conductor
1986-03-16     Première: Symphony No. 4, chamber version, Moscow Ensemble of Soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and Chamber Choir – Alexander Lazarev, conductor
1986-05-07 Schnittke (now always accompanied by his wife) is present at…   Première: Concerto No. 1 for Violoncello and Orchestra, Munich Natalia Gutman, violoncello – Munich Philharmonic Orchestra – Eri Klas, conductor
1986-06-11     Première: Concerto for Mixed Choir, complete work, Moscow USSR State Chamber Choir – Valery Polyansky, conductor
1986-07-27   Play: Lord of the Flies, after William Golding’s novel, music by A. Schnittke and D. Pokrovsky Première: Leningrad, Small Drama Theatre Lev Dodin (director)
1986-09-05   Play: The Beggar or Sand’s Death, by Yuri Olesha Première: Moscow, Miniature Theatre Mikhail Levitin (director)
1987   Epilogue from “Peer Gynt”, for orchestra and mixed choir – vocalize (tape)  
1987   Trio Sonata, for string orchestra (arrangement of theString Trio by Yuri Bashmet)  
1987   Suite in Old Style, for chamber orchestra (arrangement of the Suite in Old Style for violin and piano by Vladimir Spivakov and Vladimir Milman)  
1987   Quasi una Sonata, for violin and chamber orchestra (arrangement of Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano)  
1987   Sonata No. 1, for piano, dedicated to Vladimir Feltsman  
1987   Arrangement: Alban Berg, Canon "An das frankfurter Opernhaus" (arrangement of the likenamed work by Alban Berg), for violin and strings  
1987     Numerous performances of Schnittke’s music in the West, as well as in Russia. The music from Peer Gynt is first performed by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in 1987, conducted by Rozhdestvensky.
1987 Schnittke resumes contact with Rostropovich, who asks him to write a cello concerto, a symphony, and an opera for him. More frequent visits to Germany, not only because of performances but also for discussion with the Sikorski publishing firm. Elected member of the Royal Academy in Stockhom.    
1987     Première: Trio Sonata, Moscow Chamber Ensemble of Soloists – Yuri Bashmet, conductor
1987-04-27     Première: Epilogue from “Peer Gynt”, Hamburg Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1987-06-10     Première: Quasi una Sonata, Milan Gidon Kremer, violin – Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
1987-08-01     Première: Arrangement: Alban Berg, Canon "An das frankfurter Opernhaus" (version for violin and strings), Dartington Mark Lubotsky,
1988 Leaves VAAP (Soviet Agency for Authors’ Rights).    
1988 In Boston for a festival of Soviet music.    
1988   Peer Gynt, ballet in three acts by John Neumeier based on Henrik Ibsen’s drama  
1988   Four Aphorisms, for orchestra  
1988   Concerto Grosso No. 4 – Symphony No. 5  
1988   Concerto for Piano Four Hands and Chamber Orchestra, dedicated to Viktoria Postnikova and Irina Schnittke  
1988   Drei Gedichte von Viktor Schnittke, for tenor and piano (in German)  
1988   Twelve Penitential Psalms, for mixed choir (in Russian)  
1988   Piano Quartet, commissioned by the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, dedicated to Oleg Krysa, based on a fragment for piano quartet by the 16-year old Gustav Mahler. There is also an arrangement for violin, viola, violoncello, and string orchestra by Alexander Asteriades.  
1988   Klingende Buchstaben, for solo violoncello, dedicated to Alexander Ivashkin on the occasion of his 40 th birthday  
1988   Film: The Balcony, produced by Kazakhfilm, K. Sadykov (director)  
1988   TV: Pushkin's Poetry, music by Alfred Schnittke and Dmitri Shostakovich, produced by TV film – Ludmila Chmelnitskaya (director)  
1988-05-22     Première: Sonata No. 1 (for piano), New York Vladimir Feltsman
1988-05   Play: I Am Poor Solo, by Viktor Korsia Première: Moscow, State University Theatre Yevgeni Slavutin (director)
1988-06-10     Première: Der Sonnengesang des Franz von Assisi, London, Almeida Festival New London Cha,ber Choir and Ensemble – James Wood, conductor
1988-07-29     Première: Piano Quartet, Kuhmo Oleg Krysa, violin – Toby Hoffman, viola – Robert Cohen, violoncello – Vassily Lobanov, piano
1988-08-21     Première: Suite in Old Style, for chamber orchestra, Kiel Moscow Virtuosos – Vladimir Spivakov, conductor
1988-09-18     Première: Four Aphorisms, Berlin Ensemble of Soloists of The Bolshoi Theatre Moscow – Alexander Lazarev, conductor
1988-09-21   Play: The Mandate, by Nikolai Erdman, music by A. Schnittke and D. Shostakovich Premiêre: Moscow, Central Theatre of the Soviet Army Aleksandr Burdonsky (director)
1988-11-10     Première: Concerto Grosso No. 4 – Symphony No. 5, Amsterdam Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest – Ricardo Chailly, conductor
1988-12-26     Première: Twelve Penitential Psalms, Moscow USSR state Chamber Choir – Valery Polyansky, conductor
1988-12-28     Première: Klingende Buchstaben, Moscow Alexander Ivashkin
1989     Berlin wall is dismantled.
1989 Back in America for the…   New York première of the Piano Sonata No. 1. Major festival of Schnittke’s music in Stockholm.
1989 A special fellowship in Berlin enables Schnittke to reside there for a year.    
1989   Monologue, for viola and strings  
1989   Opening Verse for the First Festival Sunday, for mixed choir and organ (in German)  
1989   “3 x 7”, for clarinet, horn, trombone, harpsichord, violin, violoncello and double bass  
1989   String Quartet No. 4, commissioned by the Vienna Concert Hall Society  
1989   Film: Visitor of a Museum, produced by Lenfilm – Konstantin Lpoushinskky (director)  
1989   TV: And a Light is Shining Trhough the Darkness, play by Mikhail Kosakov after Lev Tolstoy's novel, produced by TV film – Mikhail Kosakov (director)  
1989   TV: Incident at Vichy, play by Mikhail Kosakov after Arthur Miller's novel, produced by TV film – Mikhail Kosakov (director)  
1989-01-22     Première: Peer Gynt, Hamburg, Hamburgische Staatsoper Philharmonische Staatsoper Hamburg – Eri Klas, conductor û The Baller of Hamburschiche Staatsoper – John Neumeier, choreographer
1989-04-22     Première: “3 x 7”, Witten Ensemble of instrumentalists – Johannes Harneit, conductor
1989-06-03   Play: A Feast in Time of Plague, by Alexander Pushkin Première: Moscow, Taganka Theatre Yuri Lyubimov (director)
1989-06-04     Première: Monologue, Bonn Moscow Soloists Ensemble – Yuri Bashmet, viola/conductor
1989-07-02     Première: Opening Verse for the First Festival Sunday, Lockenhaus/Austria Konzertchor Darmstadt – Wolfgang Seeliger, conductor
1989-10-21     Première: String Quartet No. 4, Vienna Alban Berg Quartet
1990 Schnittke moves to Hamburg, where he is offered a composition class at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik.    
1990 Travel from Berlin to London for the two-week festival “Schnittke: A Celebration”    
1990   Concerto No. 2 for Violoncello and Orchestra, dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich  
1990   Moza-Art à la Mozart, for 8 flutes and harp (after sketches by W. A. Mozart, K. 416d)  
1990   Madrigal in Memoriam Oleg Kagan, for solo violin or solo violoncello  
1990   Three Fragments, for harpsichord  
1990   Five Aphorisms, for piano, dedicated to Joseph Brodsky and Alexander Slobodyanik  
1990   Sonata No. 2, for piano, dedicated to Irina Schnittke  
1990   Two Cadenzas, to W. A. Mozart's Piano Concerto in B flat major K. 39  
1990   Film: Russia — Love For This Country, produced by Shigoto Film Productions and Mosfilm – Alexander Mitta (director)  
1990-04-18     Première: Concerto for Piano four Hands and Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Viktoria Postnikova, Irina Schnittke, piano – USSR Ministry of Culture state Symphony Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1990-05-27     Première: Concerto No. 2 for Violoncello and Orchestra, Evian Mstislav Rostropovich, violoncello – Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institue of Philadelphia – Theodor Guschlbauer, conductor
1990-06-14     Première: Three Fragments, Hamburg Günter Jena
1990-08-02     Première: Moza-Art à la Mozart, Salzburg András Adorján, Wolfgang zchulz and students of the 1990 Summer Academy of the Mozarteum, flutes – Anna Lelkes, harp
1990-09-22     Première: Eight Songs from the Incidental Music to Friedrich Schiller’s “Don Carlos”, Bad Urach (‘Schiller in Russia’) E Ponyakanin, baritone – L. Orfenova, piano
1990-10     Unification of the Germany.
1990-10-21     Première: Five Aphorisms, New York Alexander Slobodyanik (with poems by Jospeh Brodsky recited between the movements)
1990-11-10     Première: Arrangement: P. Tchaikovsky, Queen of Spades, Karlsruhe Badischer Staatsopernchor – Badische Staatskapelle – Myron Romanul, conductor – Yuri Lubimov, director
1991   Sutartines, for percussion, organ and strings  
1991   Concerto Grosso No. 5, for violin and orchestra, commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation for the Cleveland Orchestra on the ocaasion of the Carnegie Hall Centenary  
1991   Festlicher Cantus, for violin, piano, mixed choir and orchestra (in Russian), dedicated to Gennadi rozhdestvensky on the occasion of his 60 th birthday  
1991   Life with an Idiot, opera in 2 acts (4 scenes) by Viktor Yerofeyev after his likenamed short story (in Russian)  
1991   Herrn Alfredd Schlee zum 90. Geburstag, for solo viola  
1991/94   Historia von D. Johann Fausten, opera in 3 acts, a prologue and an epilogue by Jörg Morgener and Alfred Schnittke based on the likenamed book published by Johann Spies in 1587 (in German, the third acr also in a Russian version by Victor Schnittke). Electronic music by Andrei Schnittke.  
1991-94   26 new works are written and performed including 3 operas, 3 symphonies, 8 further compositions for orchestra, chamber music, works for choir, songs, and piano pieces.  
1991-02-01     Première: Sonata No. 2 (for piano), Lübeck Irina Schnittke
1991-02-13     Première: Sutartines, Vilnius Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra – Saulius Sondeckis, conductor
1991-04-14     Première: Two Cadenzas, to W. A. Mozart's Piano Concerto in B flat major K. 39, Hamburg (in John Neumeier's ballet "Fenster zu Mozart") Carol Tainton
1991-05-02     Première: Concerto Grosso No. 5, New York [Ivashkin: Cleveland] Gidon Kremer, violin – Alexander Slobodyanik, piano – The Cleveland Orchestra – Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor Schnittke music is now regularly played in America.
1991-05-04     Première: Festlicher Cantus, Moscow Alexander Rozhdestvensky, violin – Viktoria Postnikova,piano – USSR Ministry of Culture State Symphony Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1991-07 Suffers a second stroke. Refuses the Lenin Prize.    
1991-07-13     Première: Madrigal in Memoriam Oleg Kagan, violoncello version, Wildbad Kreuth Natalia Gutman
1991-11-18     Première: Herrn Alfred Schlee zum 90. Geburstag, Wien, Konzerthaus Garth Knox
1991-12-26     Dissolution of the USSR.
1992 Accepts Praernium Imperiale (Tokyo)    
1992   Together with his son, Andrei, composes his penultimate film score, The Last Days of St. Petersburg.  
1992   Symphony No. 6, commissioned by and dedicated to The National Symphony Orchestra and Mstislav Rostropovich  
1992   Agnus Dei, for 2 sopranos, contralto, female choir and chamber orchestra (part of the cooperative work (Mass for Peace”) (in Latin)  
1992   Piano Trio, arrangement of the String Trio  
1992   Musica Nostalgica, for violoncello and piano, dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich  
1992   Sonata No. 3, for piano  
1992   Film: The Last Days of St. Petersburg (silent movie of 1927), produced by Meshrabprom-Rus – Vsevolod I. Pudovkin (director) – Nathan Zarhy, script – Anatoli Golovnia (camera) – Music by Alfred Schnittke and Andrei Schnittke, commissioned by the ZDF TV Channel  
1992   Suite from Film: The Last Days of St. Petersburg(compilation by Frank Strobel)  
1992     Première: Musica Nostalgica, Tokyo Mstislav Rostropovich
1992-04-13 Schnittke is present in Amsterdam when…   Première: Life with an Idiot, Amsterdam Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest – Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor – Boris Pokrovsky, director
1992-11-08     Première: Film: The Last Days of St. Petersburg, Frankfurt Ensemble modern – Sabine Fues, soprano – members of the Figuralchor and the Jugendchor of the Hessische Rundfunk – Frank Strobel, conductor
1993   Hommage à Zhivago, musical allegory on motives of Boris Pasternak’s novel “Doctor Zhivago”, poems by Boris Pasternak, Alexander Blok and Andrei Vosnesenky, holy anthems and prayers (in Russian)  
1993   Gesualdo, opera in 7 tableaux, a prologue and an epilogue by Richard Bletschacher (in German)  
1993   Hommage à Grieg, arrangement of a fragment from the ballet Peer Gynt for orchestra  
1993   Symphony No. 7, dedicated to Kurt Masur, commissioned by The New York Philharmonic  
1993 Last film score… Film: The Master and Margarita, Yuri Kara (director)  
1993   Concerto Grosso no. 6, for piano, violin and strings  
1993   Mutter, fro mezzo-soprano and piano on a poem by Else Lasker-Schüler (in German), dedicated to Ulrich Eckhardt on the occasion of his 60 th birthday  
1993   Epilogue from “Peer Gynt”, version for violoncello, piano and tape  
1993   Improvisation, for violoncello solo, commissioned by the ‘Acanthes’ contest, October 1994, dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich  
1993   Suite from Film: The Master and Margarita (compilation by Frank Strobel)  
1993-01-07 Travels to Moscow to receive the first Triumph Prize from the Russian Independent Foundation.    
1993-05-18     Première: Hommage à Zhivago, Vienna, Odeon Hall Ensemble of the Taganka Theater Moscow – Yuri Lubimov, director – Andrej von Schlippe, stage designer
1993-05-20     Première: Epilogue from “Peer Gynt”, version for violoncello, piano and tape, Evian/France Mstislav Rostropovich, violoncello – Irina Schnittke
1993-05-25     Première: Piano Trio, Evian/France Mark Lubotsky, violin – Mstislav Rostropovich, violoncello – Irina Schnittke, piano
1993-06-15     Première: Hommage à Grieg, Bergen Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra – Dmitri Kitaenko, conductor
1993-06-16   Play: doctor Zhivago, after Boris Pasternak’s novel Première: Moscow, Taganka Theatre Yuri Lyubimov (director)
1993-09-23 In Moscow, attends the …   Première: Symphony No. 6, Moscow The National Symphony Orchestra, Washington – Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor
1994     Numerous festivals and performances of Schnittke’s music around the world.
1994   Symphonic Prelude, for orchestra, commissioned by Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg  
1994   Symphony No. 8, dedicated to Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, commissioned by the Stockholm Concert Hall Foundation  
1994   For Liverpool, for orchestra, commissioned by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society with funds provided by the Art Council of England  
1994   Concerto for Three, for violin, viola, violoncello and string orchestra (with piano), dedicated to Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Mstislav Rostropovich  
1994   Five Fragments Based on Paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, for tenor, violin, trombone, harpsichord, timpani and strings on texts by Aeschylus (German translation by J. G. Droysen) and Nicolaus Reusner (in German), dedicated to Vladimir Spivakov  
1994   Lux Aeterna, for mixed choir and orchestra (in Latin), orchestration by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, commissioned by the Internation Bach Academy Stuttgart as part of the cooperative work ‘Requiem of Reconciliation’ for Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart  
1994   Sonata No. 2 for Violoncello and Piano, dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich  
1994   Quartet for Four Percussionists  
1994   Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, dedicated to Mark Lubotsky  
1994   Minuet, for violin, viola and violoncello. Originally composed as an encore for the first performance of theConcerto for Three, dedicated to Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Mstislav Rostropovich  
1994   Unfinished: Cantata, in five movements for counter-tenor and chamber orchestra on texts by Sebastian Brant [2], Peter Brueghel [4] and Jakob Böhme [5] (in German), commissioned by the London Sinfonietta. (Nos 1, 2, and a considerable portion of No. 3 in full score, nos. 4 and 5 only sketches)  
1994-01-11     Première: Concerto Grosso No. 6, Moscow Viktoria Postnikova, piano – Alexander Rozhdestvensky, violin – Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1994-01-27     Première: Quartet for Four Percussionists, Hamburg Rüdiger Funk, Claudio von Hassel, Frank Polter, Jörg Künzer
1994-02-10 Makes his last trip to America for…   Première: Symphony No. 7, New York Glenn Dicterov, solo violin – The New York Philharmonic – Kurt Masur, conductor
1994-04-14     Première: Suite from Film: Dead Souls, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra of Bergen – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1994-05-28     Première: Mutter, Berlin Gundula Hintz, mezzo-soprano – Maija Nabering, piano
1994-06 Third and fourth strokes within days of each other.    
1994-06-19     Première: Improvisation, Paris Mstislav Rostropovich
1994-10-10     Première: Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, Moscow Mark Lubotsky, violin – Irina Schnittke, piano
1994-10-19     Première: Concerto for Three & Minuet, Moscow, Great Hall of the Conservatoire [Ivaskin: at a festival of Schnittke’s music] Gidon Kremer, violin – Yuri Bashmet, viola – Mstislav Rostropovich, violoncello – Russian National Symphony – Michail Pletniev, conductor
1994-10-20     Première: Suite from Film: Little Tragedies, Heidelberg, 9 th Internationales Festival für Neue Musik ASM-Ensemble Moscow, Alexei Vinogradov, conductor
1994-10-30     Première: Three Sacred Hymns, Stockholm Russian State Symphony Capella, Valery Poliansky, conductor
1994-11-06     Première: Symphonic Prelude, Hamburg Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg – Gerd Albrecht, conductor
1994-11-10     Première: Symphony No. 8, Stockholm Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conductor
1994-11-11     Première: Five Fragments Based on Paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, London, Barbican Hall Paul Charles Clarke, tenor – Tasmin Little, violin – Christian Lindberg, trombone – John Constable, harpsichord – John Chimes, timpani – the London Sinfonietta – Markus Stenz, conductor
1994-11-17     Première: Sonata No. 2 for Violoncello and Piano, London Mstislav Rostropovich, violoncello – Irina Schnittke, piano
1994-11-24 Schnittke listens to a tape of the performance of theSymphony No. 8 on his 60 th birthday, while in a Hamburg hospital.    
1995-01 Makes his last trip to Moscow    
1995 Stays in hospital until September    
1995   Sonatina, for piano four hands  
1995-05-26     Première: Gesualdo, Vienna, Staatsoper Orchestra of the Staatsoper Wien – Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor – Cesare Lievi, director
1995-06-22     Première: Historia von D. Johann Fausten, Hamburg, Hamburgische Staatsoper Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg – Gerd Albrecht, conductor – John Dew, director
1995-08-16     Première: Lux Aeterna, Stuttgart Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and the Cracow Chamber Choir – The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – Helmuth Rilling, conductor
1995-09-23     Première: For Liverpool, Liverpool Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Libor Pesek, conductor
1995-12-11     Première: Agnus Dei, Oslo Oslo Philharmonic Choir – Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra – Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor
1996-1998 In Hamburg, Composes slowly with left hand. Produces Symphony No. 9, Piece for Viola and Orchestra, and a work (variations) for string quartet.  
1996-03-14     Première: Sonata No. 3 (for piano), Tel Aviv Boris Berman
1997   Suite from Film: The Agony (compilation by Frank Strobel)  
1997-01-30     Première: Suites from Film: The Master and Margarita & The Agony & My Past and My Thoughts, Hamburg Hamburger Symphoniker – Frank Strobel, conductor
1997-02-14     Première: Two Short Pieces, Amsterdam Friedrich Lips
1997/98   Unfinished: Symphony No. 9 (Gennadi Rozhdestvensky arranged the composed material in order to obtain a performable version which was never officially accepted by the composer)  
1998-06-19     Première: Unfinished: Symphony No. 9 (Rozhdestvensky's version), Moscow
1998-07-04 Suffers his final stroke    
1998-08-03 Dies in the hospital in Hamburg.    
1998-08-10 Thousands attend his funeral in Moscow.    
1999     Première: Arrangement: D. Shostakovich, Two Preludes for Small Orchestra (recording on Chandos) Russian State Symphony Orchestra – Alexander Ivashkin, conductor
1999-10-23     Première: Fugue, New York Oleh Krysa
2000   Suite from Film: My Past and My Thoughts (compilation by Frank Strobel)  
2001-02-13     Premère: Unfinished: Cantata (movements 1-3), London The London Sinfonietta – Martyn Brabbins, conductor

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