Five Romances for bass and piano.
Completed on September 4, 1965
Texts from the magazine “Krokodil”
A desire that is hard to accomplish
Irinka and the Shepherd
Too much delight
Premiere: May 28, 1966. Small Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonia with the participation of the composer. Soloist Y. Nesterenko.
First Edition: “Sovietskaya Muzyka”, 1966, No.1.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score is in the archive of the composer’s family.
“...Often the process of working calls into being an interest in a particular genre, the urge to try out one’s skills and, perhaps, to make something new... Recently I wrote five humorous sketches based on ordinary readers’ comments in the magazine ‘Krokodil’.”
(Quotation from: S. Khentova: “Musicians about their Art”,Moscow, 1967)