Hi Peter. The No Itch anagram was unnervingly good. It took me some time to figure it. No Itch (T.K.) wrote much absolute music as did our guy, and their styles are similar. T.K. was also a bastard who tried to do in both Shostakovich and Prokofiev (professional jealousy). He was in a powerful position among Soviet composers, and had Stalin's ear. Stalin would not accept any denunciation of Shos, the fair-haired boy among Soviet composers. Stalin himself directed Shos in the approved path. On the other hand, Stalin must have admired T.K.'s cut-throat methods, so dear to his own heart. However, I don't think T.K. fits all the clues. Would anyone, other than Peter, care to identify T.K.?<P>Ethan and John (of the excellent jingle), It's not Shos. However, the mystery man's name has SOME CONNECTION with both T.K.'s and Shos's name. He was at one time the 4th best known of Soviet composers, after Prokofiev, Shos, and Khachaturian. I don't think posterity has been especially kind to him. The three selections that can be found on one disc are the essential _______. I enjoy them. I look forward to more clever clue guesses, right or wrong.<BR>Shos.<P>PS: Peter, why do you say Shos would have helped Popov, other than inference from their common enjoyment of the spirits?