Cover Osteuropa 4/2009

In Osteuropa 4/2009

Requiem for the Soviet Union
Schnittke’s Life with an Idiot and Conceptualism

Amrei Flechsig

Deutsche Fassung


Alfred Schnittke’s work was influenced by visual art, literature, and film. He was especially close to Moscow Conceptualism. His Life with an Idiot, which debuted in Amsterdam in 1992, included a libretto by Victor Erofeyev and a set designed by Ilya Kabakov. This is a characteristic product of the symbiotic interlocking of the literary, visual, and musical currents that were at work in Russia starting in the 1970s.

(Osteuropa 4/2009, pp. 109–118)