On learning of the death of Alfred Schnittke

Taylor, Alan

About the work

The piece was written for New Music North East. The group has a variety of orchestral instrument players and two pianists. At the time I was asked to write the piece I had just heard Schnittke’s Piano Concerto for the first time. Shortly afterwards he died. I woke up one night with much of the piece in my head, and had to get up to write it down. In form, it is a simple elegy, which breaks off into a directionless piano ostinato, during which the elegy resumes.

First Performance: New Music North East, ARC, Stockton, May 19th 1999

Technical notes

The piece requires two pianists on one piano, and a range of orchestral instruments – there are flexibly instrumented parts for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass instruments. The piece will need a conductor, but the tempo is slow, regular, and consistent. Entries will need to be cued.


score & parts

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6m 00s




Flexible Ensemble with Keyboard


2 pf, flexible ensemble


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