However, the authorities found the music unacceptable. It was criticized, and then banned from the performances in the Soviet Union for decades. His Symphony No. 4 (1963) received its first performance in 1968 in Prague, just before the Soviet army invasion to suppress the Prague Spring. His third ballet Little Zaches Called Zinnober was performed at the Hanover Opera House (1971) in the composer's absence, because he was not given permission to travel abroad.
His main activity at that time was writing incidental music for theatre, film and television. He continued to compose and publish his serious works in secrecy. He wrote two large scale operas Till Eulenspiegel (1965-1985) and The Mystery of Apostle Paul, (1970-1986). Having no opportunity to perform these works in public, he persuaded the Moscow Cinema Orchestra to make the recording for him privately, section by section over the years. When the tape was ready, the vocal parts were added.
This was, perhaps, the only examples of a samizdat (underground) opera. Finally the first of these operas was performed in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1993, and second was premiered on August 4, 1995, Hanover after the composer’s death. Karetnikov was also the author of a collection of autobiographical stories called Темы с вариациями (Themes with Variations), published in Russia in 1990 (A French translation was published in the same year by Editions Horay). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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