The Central Committee states its belief that the opera The Great Friendship (music by V. Muradeli, libretto by G. Mdivani), mounted by the Bolshoi Theatre of the USSR during the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the October Revolution, is an anti-artistic work pernicious with respect both to its music and its subject matter. The opera’s principal faults lie primarily in the music, which is inexpressive and impoverished. It does not contain a single memorable aria. It is chaotic and inharmonious, being constructed largely from dissonances and sonorities that offend the ear. Individual lines and scenes that make some pretence to melodiousness are suddenly interrupted by disorganised noise that is totally alien to normal human experience, and which has a depressive effect on the listener. There is no organic connection between the development of the action on stage and the musical accompaniment. The vocal aspect of the opera – the choral, solo and ensemble singing – makes a poor impression. Due to all of this, the abilities of the orchestra and singers remain unused.