An amusing (or, depending how you look at it, slanderously counterrevolutionary) look at the ideological deficiencies of Murdeli's opera "The Great Friendship" is available at URL:
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It is footnote #15 to Daniel Zhitomirsky, "SHOSTAKOVICH THE PUBLIC AND THE PRIVATE: reminiscences, materials, comments", Daugava (1990, No. 3), English version by Tatjana M. Norbury and Ian MacDonald
The staff musicologist of the All-District Council of Proletarian Musicians and Composers (VOkSovProlMuzKomp) gives us further detail:
The Lezgins are a small minority tribe in the Caucasus who have a characteristic fiery folk dance ("Lezginka"), which has often been set to music by Soviet composers. VOkSovProlMuzKomp recommends for listening the example by S. Liapunov (d. 1924) written in 1903; it is #10 (in b minor) of the "12 Transcendental Etudes."
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