A matted ensemble with portraits of both Khachaturian and Oistrakh surrounding an autograph musical quotation consisting of four bars of a cadenza for Khachaturian's superb Violin Concerto, written in his hand and inscribed to David Oistrakh, for whom the concerto was originally written. The cadenza spans two staves of music paper and is at the bottom inscribed: David Oistrakh. Cadenza for the Concerto by Khachaturian. 15-1-68.
Oistrakh gave the premiere on November 16, 1940 and performed it often thereafter; he also recorded it three times in 1946, 1955 and 1967. Concerning the cadenza, David Mermelstein wrote in The New York Times in 2001: Though Khachaturian consulted David Oistrakh when writing a bravura cadenza, Oistrakh wasn't happy with it. So he wrote his own, one ''more brilliant violinistically,'' according to Igor Oistrakh [David’s son]. As he remembers it, the composer was ''none too happy'' about the interpolation, but he never allowed his misgivings to undermine his friendship with the elder Oistrakh. They even collaborated on a celebrated recording of the concerto.The cadenza here is apparently an attempt by Khachaturian to write another cadenza for Oistrakh.