Sofia Gubaidulina

Sofia Gubaidulina’s compositional interests have been stimulated by the tactile exploration and improvisation with rare Russian, Caucasian, and Asian folk and ritual instruments collected by the “Astreia” ensemble, of which she was a co-founder, by the rapid absorption and personalization of contemporary Western musical techniques (a characteristic, too, of other Soviet composers of the post-Stalin generation including Edison Denisov and Alfred Schnittke), and by a deep-rooted belief in the mystical properties of music.  Her music is now generously represented on compact disc, and Gubaidulina has been honored twice with the coveted Koussevitzky International Recording Award. Major releases have appeared on the DG, Chandos, Philips, Sony Classical, BIS, and Berlin Classics labels. (from

WEBSITE: At Boosey & Hawkes; at Schirmer

WATCH AND LISTEN: Seven Words: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit
for cello, bayan, and strings
Goetheanum Stage Ensemble

One comment

  1. Anna

    One of my favourite pieces of music. Thank you for sharing the video! Wish I could see the other sections.