RUSSIA: MOSCOW: FUNERAL OF COMPOSER ALFRED SCHNITTKE
Date: 08/10/1998 04:00 AM
Moscow, Russia, 10 August 1998
1. Wide shot of people entering Conservatory's Great Hall
2. Wide shot of Schnittke lying in an open coffin
3. Side view of Schnittke in coffin
4. Close-up of Schnittke in coffin
5. Mid shot of woman staring at coffin
6. Black and white photo of Schnittke surrounded by media
7. Wide shot of Great Hall
8. Russian Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko laying wreath at base of coffin
9. Cutaway of painting on wall
10. Wide shot of Kiriyenko walking past open coffin
11. Mid shot of Schnittke's widow and son
12. Close-up of Rostropovich playing cello
13. Cutaway of open coffin
14. Wide shot of Rostropovich finishing piece, zoom in as he bows
15. Mourners walking behind coffin outside
16. Men carrying coffin pass in front of camera
17. Wide shot of service outside
18. Men placing coffin over grave
19. Cutaway of mourners
20. Coffin being lowered into ground
21. Mid shot of priest and Schnittke's widow
22. Mid shot of mourners throwing dirt onto coffin
23. Wide shot of Novodevichy convent from road
Alfred Schnittke, one of Russia's great post-war composers, has been laid to rest in Moscow.
Hundreds came to pay their last respects as his body lay in state on Monday, at Moscow's Music Conservatory.
Among the mourners were figures from the music world as well as politicians and business tycoons.
It was at Moscow's world-famous Conservatory that Alfred Schnittke was both a pupil and later, a teacher.
It's here that his body lay in state in the Great Hall where many of his works were performed.
The 63-year-old died in Germany last week after a long illness.
Among the many prominent guests at the civil service was Russian Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin who's on holiday sent his condolences in a telegram to Schnittke's widow, Irina.
During his life Schnittke composed symphonies, operas, choral works and more than 60 film scores, he gained worldwide appreciation for his work.
Like earlier generations of Soviet composers, Schnittke was often caught between the language of 20th century classical music and a communist state that was skeptical of modernism.
Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, violinist Gidon Kremer and violist Yuri Bashmet were among guests from the music world.
The three renowned Russian virtuosi, for whom Schnittke once wrote a triple concerto, were tireless supporters of the composer's music in the West during and after the Soviet years.
At Monday's service Rostropovich performed a Bach suite, Kremer played one of Schnittke's compositions and a choir sang his requiem.
A religious service was then held in a Russian Orthodox Church.
Schnittke was born on November 24, 1934 in the town of Engels on the Volga river, a part of Russia populated by ethnic Germans, like his mother.
His father was a Jewish journalist who moved to Russia from Frankfurt.
The young Schnittke moved back to the Soviet Union to study music and stayed there until he moved to Hamburg nine years ago.
After the religious service Schnittke's body was taken to the medieval Novodevichy convent, where many of the country's great composers, writers and public figures are buried.