Soon after the publication of V. Yastrebtzev Recollections of Rimsky-Korsakov Volume II ( Moscow, 1962) scholars began to ask me for comment on the book's references to myself. I remember nothing about Yastrebtzev beyond the name, however, and when I try to associate that with my memory of faces in Rimsky's group, I confuse it with the librettist Belsky. The book is an accurate picture of Rimsky and his circle, though, and I am certain that it is a reliable chronicle.
Yastrebtzev first mentions me under the date February 28, 1903, merely identifying me as a young musician. Most of the other fifty-three references to me occur in memos of conversations at Rimsky's weekly gatherings, the jours fixes at which compositions by his pupils were performed and discussed.
Yastrebtzev notes that on March 6, 1903, I played my plaisanteries musicales at Rimsky's, but I have no recollection of these bagatelles. On February 17, 1904, he writes that I played my chanson comique and that Nicolas Richter horrified Rimsky's wife by playing a cakewalk. He adds that "Mitussov and Stravinsky amusingly demonstrated how it should be danced." Paws up, like circus poodles, or boop-boop-a-doop?
The entry of March 6, 1904, states: "During dinner the