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  • Virtual Museum of Komitas Vardapet
    Official site of Komitas Gomidas Vartabed Komitas s site biography of Komitas mp3 download music of Komitas s k i p i n t r o

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  • Virtual Museum of Komitas Vardapet
    art one of its most distinguished figures His work included a variety of activities he was a composer ethnographer folklorist musicologist Official site of Komitas Gomidas Vartabed Armenian music Komitas s site site of Komitas biography of Komitas mp3 download

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  • Virtual Museum of Komitas Vardapet
    art one of its most distinguished figures His work included a variety of activities he was a composer ethnographer folklorist musicologist Official site of Komitas Gomidas Vartabed Armenian music Komitas s site site of Komitas biography of Komitas mp3 download

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  • Виртуальный музей Комитаса
    Комитас Ярчайший представитель армянского музыкального искусства бессмертный творец с именем которого связана целая эпоха в истории армянской музыки Композитор этнограф

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  • Virtual Museum of Komitas
    to the present He collected and wrote down thousands of folksongs studied church and folk music considering them to be siblings Komitas also made a research of Armenian khazes symbols used in the old Armenian system of musical notation and authored Patarag Liturgy of the Armenian Church Unfortunately the prolific way of consciousness and creativity of the brilliant composer was short Komitas shared the fate of his compatriots during the

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  • Biography of Komitas
    do with the large music center in Europe Berlin where he went to study under the protection of the Catholicos being financed by the largest Armenian oil magnate Alexander Mantashyan Komitas entered the private conservatory of Professor Richard Schmidt Within the conservatory Komitas took private classes on singing elaborating his beautiful voice fine baritone Simultaneously with these classes he also attended the lectures on Philosophy Esthetics General History and History of Music During these academic years he had an opportunity to communicate with European music continually enriching the supply of knowledge and engaging in musical criticism Upon the invitation of the International Music Association he held lectures devoted to the Armenian church and contemporary music in comparison with Turkish Arabic and Kurdish music In September 1899 Komitas returned to Echmiadzin and started his musical activity right away In a short period he radically changed the system of teaching music in the seminary organized a small orchestra and perfected the performance level of the choir He visited various regions of Armenia treating and putting down thousands of Armenian Kurdish Persian and Turkish songs He started serious scientific research work studied Armenian folk and church melodies and worked on the decipherment of Armenian khazzes and on the theory of voices In various countries of the world Komitas appeared as a performer and propagandist of Armenian music The composer began thinking over big monumental musical forms He had in mind to create the musical epic Sasna tsrer and continued working on the opera Anush which he started back in 1904 Komitas focused on the themes concerning folk music and revealed the content of folk songs No doubt such world outlook had to result in an inescapable conflict between Komitas and the Church Gradually the indifference of new leaders negative attitude of the backward group of the church figures gossip and slander increased so much that it poisoned the life of the composer the man who remained in the imagination of the contemporaries as an absolutely worldly man The conflict turned so tense that Komitas sent a letter to the Catholicos begging him to release him and let him create and live quietly This request remained unanswered and the persecution of Komitas became more obvious In 1910 Komitas left Etchmiadzin and went to Constantinopole There he expected to find the environment that would understand him protect him and encourage his activity and here he would be able to fulfill his dreams Komitas wanted to establish a National Conservatory with which he connected the further destiny of his people s music But the composer failed to accomplish this plan as well as many others His inspired ideas were only faced with the cold indifference of the local authorities In Constantinopole Komitas organized a mixed choir of 300 men and called it Gousan It was very popular Armenian folk songs constituted most of its concerto program Komitas would often spend his time touring giving presentations and lectures he also acted as a soloist and conductor He

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  • Original works by Komitas
    the Armenians national grief and poignantly touched upon their struggle for liberation Realistically treating the Biblical plot and assigning it to the most pressing problems of his people in this work the composer came out as both a citizen and an artist The composer created By the Rivers of Babylon using the expressive means of classical music it possesses a smooth melodic line in which he used some polyphonic devices modestly but purposefully The psalm s musical language has some kind of nationalistic nuance In this manner Komitas even used Armenian motifs e g at the beginning of the songs On the Banks of the Mother Araks and I Heard a Sweet Voice The poem Native Language Native Dialect by Stephan Nazarian set to music in Germany is one of the strongest expressions of the composer s patriotic feelings Komitas realized the great importance of using propaganda in the native language as part of the struggle for national liberation The song Native Language Native Dialect written for two part chorus was influenced by lyrical Armenian town songs Some years later he returned to this type of work and set Nerses Mezpurian s poem Oh Great Language to music which is notable for the mastery of its choral writing Europeanisms which are observable in the song did not prevent it from spreading widely so that it became truly accepted Independent from national sources are the extensive chorus Spring the romance I Had a Rest in the Garden lyrics of both compositions by H Hovhannessian the march of the Armenian General Benevolent Union etc Drafts for operas are also among Komitas original compositions Unfortunately the composer failed to finish the lyrical Anoush by H Toumanian the comical The Harm of Good Breeding by H Paronian the historical Vardan probably by R Patkanian and the epic David of Sasoun The preserved manuscripts include some drafts of the opera Vardan and a small part of David of Sasoun According to some researchers Komitas completed the first second and partly third scenes of the opera The Harm of Good Breeding In addition there are some fragments of Anoush which testify to the bright national orientation of the opera The composer used both peasants melodies and some of his own which are as simple and understandable as the folk ones In the opera there are two completed vocal fragments where Komitas used some songs of gousans folk singers In Komitas heritage there are pearls frequently referred to as his treatments in spite of their originality and the inventive compositional principles found in them They are the miniature Kagavik Partridge lyrics by H Toumanian the extensive song improvisation Antuni Song of the Homeless and the song march The Braves of Sypan text by Manuk Abeghian On the whole these songs are original compositions Kagavi erg also known as Kagavik was written for one part chorus piano and solo singer It is the result of a collaboration between Komitas and Hovhannes Toumanian the notable Armenian poet whose creative

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