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Alexander  Wustin

Born: April 24th, 1943
Country of origin: Russia
Alexander Wustin was born in Moscow on 24 April 1943. He began to study composition in 1960, initially with G. Frid at a music school for gifted children, and subsequently with V. Ferè at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Wustin, who lives in Moscow, is one of the founders and a central figure of the ASM, the Russian Society for Contemporary Music.
 
Since the middle of the 1980s his works have been included in the programmes of leading Western music festivals such as Donaueschinger Musiktage, Holland Festival, Musik Biennale in Berlin, Tage für Neue Musik in Zurich, and Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus in Austria. Performers of his music include Gidon Kremer, Reinbert de Leeuw, Eri Klas, Mark Pekarsky and Friedrich Lips, and ensembles such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, Schönberg Ensemble, and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam.
 
There can be no doubt about the fact that Alexander Wustin is one of the most self-willed members of his generation in Russia. “In every one of his works we are struck by the presence of unique and indeed inimitable traits. Wustin does not belong to any particular school, and is certainly not interested in chasing after the latest fads. He remains true to himself, and in our day and age that is rather remarkable.” (Edison Denisov)
 
The composer has described his musical creed thus: “In each of my works I am trying, primarily for my own benefit, to resolve the problem of time (as I understand it). It seems to me that it is the composer’s task, whatever he happens to be doing, to try to discern the presence of a universally valid law and to submit to its dictates in the midst of the compositional process. The true worth of a composition depends on the extent to which the composer actually manages to do this. All other aspects, such as style, material, dynamics, tone colour and “emotional” character, are of secondary importance. The law which governs musical time may be expressed in numerical terms.”
 
Wustin’s output is many-sided and imaginative. His most important compositions include an opera, The Devil in Love (after J. Cazotte, 1989); orchestral works, Symphony (1969), Memoria 2 (1978), Homage à Beethoven (1984), Sine Nomine (2000), and Exposure of Eva (2004); vocal compositions with orchestra orinstrumental ensemble, Homecoming (1981), Kosma Prutkov’s Leisure Hours (1982), The Feast (1987), and Blessed are the poor in spirit (1988); and pieces forsolo instruments and chamber ensembles (in whichpercussion often plays a prominent role), Sonata for 6 (1973), Nocturnes (1982), The Word (1975), Music for Ten (1991), Postlude (2003), Evening Birds (2006) and Musical Offering (2007).

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  1. Solo

    Solo

    for violin
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    Composer : Wustin, Alexander
    Instrumentation : violin
    Order No. : BEL 751 Q6661
    €6.99  *
  2. Musical Offering

    Musical Offering

    for cello and piano
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    Composer : Wustin, Alexander
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BEL 698 Q8208
    €22.99  *
  3. Bagatelle

    Bagatelle

    for piano
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    Composer : Wustin, Alexander
    Instrumentation : piano
    Edition : single sheet
    Order No. : BEL 850 Q10906
    €1.99  *
  4. Alexander Wustin

    Alexander Wustin

    Composer Brochure
    Composer : Wustin, Alexander
    Edition : free promotional material
    Order No. : KAT 3957-99
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Alexander Wustin was born in Moscow on 24 April 1943. He began to study composition in 1960, initially with G. Frid at a music school for gifted children, and subsequently with V. Ferè at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Wustin, who lives in Moscow, is one of the founders and a central figure of the ASM, the Russian Society for Contemporary Music.
 
Since the middle of the 1980s his works have been included in the programmes of leading Western music festivals such as Donaueschinger Musiktage, Holland Festival, Musik Biennale in Berlin, Tage für Neue Musik in Zurich, and Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus in Austria. Performers of his music include Gidon Kremer, Reinbert de Leeuw, Eri Klas, Mark Pekarsky and Friedrich Lips, and ensembles such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, Schönberg Ensemble, and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam.
 
There can be no doubt about the fact that Alexander Wustin is one of the most self-willed members of his generation in Russia. “In every one of his works we are struck by the presence of unique and indeed inimitable traits. Wustin does not belong to any particular school, and is certainly not interested in chasing after the latest fads. He remains true to himself, and in our day and age that is rather remarkable.” (Edison Denisov)
 
The composer has described his musical creed thus: “In each of my works I am trying, primarily for my own benefit, to resolve the problem of time (as I understand it). It seems to me that it is the composer’s task, whatever he happens to be doing, to try to discern the presence of a universally valid law and to submit to its dictates in the midst of the compositional process. The true worth of a composition depends on the extent to which the composer actually manages to do this. All other aspects, such as style, material, dynamics, tone colour and “emotional” character, are of secondary importance. The law which governs musical time may be expressed in numerical terms.”
 
Wustin’s output is many-sided and imaginative. His most important compositions include an opera, The Devil in Love (after J. Cazotte, 1989); orchestral works, Symphony (1969), Memoria 2 (1978), Homage à Beethoven (1984), Sine Nomine (2000), and Exposure of Eva (2004); vocal compositions with orchestra orinstrumental ensemble, Homecoming (1981), Kosma Prutkov’s Leisure Hours (1982), The Feast (1987), and Blessed are the poor in spirit (1988); and pieces forsolo instruments and chamber ensembles (in whichpercussion often plays a prominent role), Sonata for 6 (1973), Nocturnes (1982), The Word (1975), Music for Ten (1991), Postlude (2003), Evening Birds (2006) and Musical Offering (2007).
Products

per page
  1. Solo

    Solo

    for violin
    Download Edition
    Composer : Wustin, Alexander
    Instrumentation : violin
    Order No. : BEL 751 Q6661
    €6.99  *
  2. Musical Offering

    Musical Offering

    for cello and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Wustin, Alexander
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BEL 698 Q8208
    €22.99  *
  3. Bagatelle

    Bagatelle

    for piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Wustin, Alexander
    Instrumentation : piano
    Edition : single sheet
    Order No. : BEL 850 Q10906
    €1.99  *
  4. Alexander Wustin

    Alexander Wustin

    Composer Brochure
    Composer : Wustin, Alexander
    Edition : free promotional material
    Order No. : KAT 3957-99
    €0.00  *

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