The composer’s son fled the Soviet Union in 1981, in what he describes as the ‘era of stagnation’. He has told Russian interviewer that he wanted to tell the truth about his father and make a political protest.
But he has moved back now. ‘I want my children to grow up in Russia, to feel like real Russians. Even in America, I lived next door to a Russian Orthodox monastery. When we moved to St. Petersburg, there were no schools that were right for our children. So my wife, Marina, created her own school at the Church of St. Catherine… Much of my father is here, in St Petersburg.’
Full interview (in Russian) here.
photo: NYPL, 1938