Seven Romances on Poems by A. Blok. Vocal-Instrumental Suite for soprano, violin, cello and piano.
The suite was completed on February 3, 1967
Gamayun, Bird of Prophecy (V. Vasnetsov’s picture)
That Troubled Night
Deep in Sleep
Premiere: October 23, 1967. Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. Performers: G. Vishnevskaya, D. Oistrakh, M. Rostropovich and the author.
First Edition: “Sovietskii kompozitor” Publishers, Moscow, 1969.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score is in the archive of the composer’s family.
“In recent months I have been working a great deal. I began by writing seven romances for soprano accompanied by a piano trio to words by Blok. I selected ‘Ophelia’s Song’, ‘Gamayun, Bird of Prophecy’, ‘That Troubled Night’ , ‘Deep in Sleep’ and others. To the seventh and last romance I myself gave the title ‘Music’, because the text is about it. I want to give the same title to the whole cycle, because it is written to very musical words....”