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It is the general rehearsal, but there are only two double basses in the orchestra - Armenian National Music (anmmedia.am)
It is the general rehearsal, but there are only two double basses in the orchestra

Published: May 05 2020, 18:56

Author: ANM Media
Russian composer and conductor Sergey Vasilenko's memories about Alexander Spendiaryan:

“I remember the arrival of Spendiaryan for the Jubilee Concert organized by the Armenian association. Early morning the phone rang:

-Seryoja, I’m desperated...  It is the general rehearsal before the concert, but there are only two double basses in the orchestra, no trombones, and just one tuba…Please, tell me what to do?

- Dear Sasha, I don’t know how to help you.

- Give him an aspirin, - our parrot shouted from another room. We laughed together.

Spendiaryan’s Jubilee Concert passed quite successfully. It was my last meeting with that wonderful composer and wonderful person”. 

Excerpt from the book “Contemporaries about Spendiaryan”, compiler: A. Tadevosyan, Yerevan, 1960
The material is provided by the Alexander Spendiaryan house-museum.