The vocal cycle “To My Spouse” for basso and piano is created by Alexander Chaikovsky to the verses of the poet Oleg Grigoryev, the significant figure of the Leningrad creative underground. This is an inevitable stylistic turn, so very peculiar to the composer's creation. This is the alluring and garish literal base to have determined the whole spirit of the musical-poetical construction.
Grigoryev has already got the sobriquet of “jolly Kafka” , for his blackish humour is the embodiment of the epoch itself, when the clowning and resign could be the only ways of existence and revival. Just remember the poet D. Harms and other oberiuts (members of the artistic avant-garde society), remember the whole traditions of the Russian avant-garde of the 20th century. The devices of this miraculous trend are skillfully resorted to by Chaikovsky in the cycle's inventive musical poetical reality.