"Hector Berlioz and His Symphony Harold in Italy"
Moscow: “Muzyka”, 1972 (In Russian)
"David Oistrakh - Conversations with Igor Oistrakh"
Stuttgart: "Deutsche Verlags Anstalt", 1977 (In German)
Moscow: "Composer", 1978 (In Russian)
The Second Edition , 1985 (In Russian)
London: "Cassel", 1979 (In English)
Budapest: "Gondolat", 1980 (In Hungarian)
Sofia: "Musica", 1984 (In Bulgarian)
This book was written during the last two years
of Aram Khachaturian's life. The composer returned from a trip to Germany, where
he familiarized himself with my book about David Oistrakh, a world renowned
violinist. That book was written as a series of conversations with Igor Oistrakh,
the artist's son. The book was extremely well published, and richly illustrated.
"I want the same book about myself." - said Khachaturian to me upon his arrival
in Moscow. "It will be very expensive for you..." - I replied. He was greatly
surprised at that remark, but relaxed when I continued: "...expensive in terms
of your time..." "I agree!"- he stated with great enthusiasm. That is how our
long meetings began and continued for about two years. Sickness, and later the
death of the composer interrupted the work in midway. The many meetings and
conversations with numerous musicians, colleagues, students, and friends of
Aram Khachaturian, both in Armenia and Russia, contributed greatly to my
knowledge of his creative activities and himself as a composer, teacher, and a
This is the first installment of a three volume monograph about a Russian musician - bassist and conductor, a person engulfed in musical culture - Serge Koussevitzky (1871-1951). His life was full of gret events and interesting acquaintances. Koussevitzky lived through three Russian Revolutions and two World Wars. He had the opportunity to play in front of Tchaikovsky and Leo Tolstoi, perform together with Sobinov and Shaliapin. Among his friends were the likes of Scriabin and Prokofiev, Stanislavsky and Shaliapin, Debussy and Ravel, Stravinsky and Prokofiev, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber.
In 1909, Koussevitzky
founded the Russian Musical Publishing House, which allowed
Russian composers to have their work published with
unprecedented favorable conditions. "Koussevitzky Concerts"
in Moscow and St. Petersburg, three tours on the Volga with
the orchestra under his baton, became the largest musical
events in Pre-Revolution Russia. The Bolshevik regime
was not accepted by Koussevitzky, which he made known
publicly. However, during the 1917-1920 years he
headed the State Symphony Orchestra in Petrograd, conducted
concerts by the Bolshoi Theater, while insisting that music
is a necessary part of life for the tormented people of
Russia, no less than daily bread.