Tumanov, Alexander.  A Life in Music from the Soviet Union to Canada.  Memoirs of a Madrigal Ensemble Singer.  Editor & Translator Vladimir Tumanov.  Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press, 2019.  448pp.

The musical career of Alexander Tumanov extends from Stalinist and Soviet Russia through contemporary Canada, and as such provides an inspiring portrait of one person’s devotion to his art under trying circumstances. Tumanov was a founding member of Moscow’s Madrigal Ensemble of early music, which introduced Renaissance and Baroque music to the Soviet Union. The Ensemble enjoyed tremendous popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, despite occasional official disapproval by the Soviet bureaucracy. At times the compositions of the group’s founder, Andrei Volkonsky, were banned. Volkonsky eventually emigrated to escape the oppressive conditions, followed soon after, in 1974, by Tumanov, and the Madrigal Ensemble continued in a changed form under new leaders. The story of the author's subsequent life and career in Canada provides a poignant point of contrast with his Soviet period — at the musical, academic, and political levels. This book is a valuable resource for those interested in the history of music and intellectual life in Russia, Ukraine, and the Soviet Union in the twentieth century and is the first published book on the Madrigal Ensemble.

 Tumanov, Alexander.  The Life and Artistry of Maria Olenina-D’Alheim.   Translated from Russian by C. Barnes.  Edmonton: The University of Alberta Press, 2000. 359 pp.


Zekulin, Gleb.  Narrating the Song of Olenina's Life.  Review Article.  Canadian Slavonic Papers (Sept.-Dec.) 1997.



Туманов, Александр Н. "Она и музыка, и слово..."  Москва: Музыка, 1995 г. 392 с.

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M. Olenina d'Alheim ca. 1969-70



MA Philology: Kharkov University, 1953

MA Music: Gnessin College of Music, 1963

PhD: University of Toronto, 1987

Thesis: A Comparative Analysis of Musico-Linguistic-Literacy Relations: Structural and Pedagogical Aspects. 

Other Writings 

"Edmonton's Elderly Soviet Immigrants."  Ed. Tova YedlinCentral and East European Ethnicity in Adaptation and Preservation.  Edmonton, Alberta: Central and Eastern European Studies Society of Alberta, 1985: 43-62.
*with Robert L. Busch

"В надежде славы и добра: Е. Эткинд."  Ефим Эткинд: здесь и там.  Санкт Петербург: Академический проект, 2004 г.: 564-573.

Шаги времени: автобиографические воспоминания Александра Туманова

 Articles in Sovetskaia Muzyka magazine

Статьи в журнале Советская музыка