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Due to the fact that my state of health prevents me from attending and addressing the meeting of composers, I would like, in the present letter, to express my thoughts regarding the Resolution of the Party Central Committee of 10 February 1948; I would like this to be read out at the meeting – if you think it necessary.
      The Resolution separated the diseased tissues from the healthy in the creative work of our composers. No matter how painful it may be for many composers, myself included, I welcome a Resolution that has created conditions permitting the health of the whole organism of Soviet music to improve. The Resolution is especially valuable for revealing how the formalist trend was alienated from the Soviet people, and how this led to the impoverishment and decline of our music; with utmost clarity, it has also set out the goals we must achieve so that we can best serve the Soviet people.