KHACHATURYAN, ARAM ILICH. 1903-1978.
Spartak. [Spartacus.] Moscow: Bolshoi Teatr, 1972.
8vo. 27 pp. Illustrated by O.M. Sacostok and B. A. Yspenskii. Original white paper wrappers in two-color decorated dust jacket. Dust jacket worn and partially split.
Provenance: Ilya Shpilberg (laid in letter).
SIGNED PROGRAM AND SIGNED TYPED LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION WITH TWO PASSES AND BLUE TICKETS TO THE BALLET LAID IN. The Armenian composer Khachaturyan is perhaps best known for his famous "Sabre Dance" and the ballet Spartacus that premiered at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad in 1956. He boldly autographed the title page of the program for this production at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1972. Laid in is a letter of recommendation, dated January 18, 1969 recommending that Ilya Abramovich Shpilberg, a violinist with the Leningrad Philharmonic, be raised to the rank an associate professor.