duration: 12 minutes
I – Folie; II – Omen; III –
Images at Lares
Folie is all about passion. The meaning of the word refers us to
basic human aspirations. I entrust the viola with the task of conveying
one’s ambitions onto the highest degree of attainment during his
Omen is a psychological study about intuition and mystical revelation.
This is how one’s life experience might be poerceived.
Images at Lares (Life is nothing but a short dream). This is an
attempt of human consciousness to apprehend one’s existential experience
in an instance.
Alexander Levine was born in Moscow.
He studied piano from the age of 7 at the Gnessin Music School and later
he took up the clarinet. Upon graduation he was offered a place at the
Moscow Gnessin Music Academy where he studied in 1976-1980. During these
years he also held a position of Principal Clarinet in the Orchestra of
Russian National Orchestra of Radio and Television and shortly after joining
the Orchestra he began to contribute as arranger and composer.
In the following years he established himself as a composer working in
collaboration with a variety of orchestras in Russia, theatres, television
and film industry. His compositions won awards of the all-Russia Annual
Prise of the National Radio and Television in 1989/1990/1991.
Since 1992 Alexander Levine lives in the UK. In 1993-1995 he studied on
the Advanced Postgraduate Composition Course at the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama. He also did his MA in Composition at the GSMD in 1995.
In 1994 he was commissioned to write incidental music for the GSMD production
of War and Peace (Director Peter Clough), which was performed
live by symphony orchestra on stage. "The Times" commented on
this work: "It is not often you go to the theatre and get an orchestra
thrown in: not providing cues for numbers but underscoring dialogue with
a grand swell, like a soundtrack for the big screen" (Kate Basset,
The Times, October 29th , 1994)
His successful collaboration with the GSMD Theatre continued and in 1995
he was engaged as music director on the restoration of The Beggar's
Opera, and in 1996 Alexander Levine composed the incidental music
for the GSMD production of Love's Labour's Lost (Director
At present Alexander Levine works mainly in the field of contemporary
music. His music is performed and broadcast in the UK and abroad.
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