Sofia Gubaidulina

Sofia Gubaidulina

A Biography
Michael Kurtz, Malcolm Brown, Christoph Lohmann
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/31/2007
Format: Hardback 17 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-34907-1
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Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina (1931– ) has achieved international acclaim for her unique musical oeuvre which draws on Eastern and Western musical traditions and reflects a deep-rooted belief in the mystical and religious qualities of music.

Kurtz’s biography of Gubaidulina is the first in any language. Based on her papers and extensive interviews with Gubaidulina, her colleagues, and family, the book places her life and the evolution of her work within the broader cultural and political context of the post-Stalin Soviet Union. For the English edition, the text has been revised and updated and a chronology of Gubaidulina’s life and a complete list of her works have been added.

Author Bio

Michael Kurtz is currently working on a retrospective view of 20th-century music presented in biographical portraits of selected composers.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Mstislav Rostropovich
Preface to the American Edition
Introduction and Acknowledgments
1. Ancestors
2. Childhood and Youth, 1932-1949
3. At the Kazan Conservatory, 1949-1954
4. At the Moscow Conservatory, 1954-1959
5. Searching for Her Own Way, 1959-1965
6. A Late Artistic Birth, 1965-1970
7. Finding the Legato in the Staccato of Life, 1970-1975
8. Composing and Improvising, 1975-1979
9. "Offertorium"-a Musical Offering, 1979-1981
10. The Rhythm of Musical Form, 1981-1985
11. Travels, Travels, and More Travels, 1985-1991
12. Worldwide Fame-Worldwide Demand, 1991-1996
13. The Center of Life: St. John Passion and St. John Easter, 1996-2004
Chronology of Gubaidulina's Life
List of Works