Alfred Schnittke basically has the greatest gravestone ever

22 March 2019, 17:29

The Russian composer has the best, geekiest gravestone we’ve ever seen.

Alfred Schnittke was a Soviet and German composer, who is known for his monumental Symphony No. 1 (1969-72) and his first Concerto Grosso (1977). He also composed the score to John Neumeier’s ballet based on Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt.

Crucially, his gravestone is this piece of genius artwork:

Alfred Schnittke gravestone


It’s a fermata over a rest, over a fortississimo. Interpret it as you will, but we like to see it as a ‘deafening silence’.

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