"Hector Berlioz and His Symphony
Harold in Italy"
Moscow: “Muzyka”, 1972 (In Russian)
 

 

 


 


"Vadim Borissowsky as the Founder of the School of Viola Playing" 
Moscow: "Composer", 1977 (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)

 


"Aram Khachaturian"
New York: “Sphinx Press, Inc.”, 1985 (In English)
Tokyo, 1987 (In Japanese)
Moscow: “Composer”, 1990 (In Russian)

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 personality
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"Serge Koussevitzky - Volume 1 - Russian Years"

Moscow: "Languages of Slavic Cultures", 2004 (In Russian)

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.