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  • Researchers of Komitas
    of literature and art of Yerevan Atayan pays a special attention to Anush opera which Komitas never completed Komitas made use of several folk melodies in his drafts although the majority consists of new melodies composed in the peasant and urban styles In this case why the national shade is much more tangible wrote Atayan He considers Anush to be one of the most important pages in the history of the national opera art and believes that if the found materials are added with some orchestral and choral fragments the staging of this marvelous composition can be accomplished The most significant theoretical musical works of R Atayan are The elements of polyphony in the Armenian national music and The principle of harmonization of Komitas s national music Atayan spoke regarding the monodic structure of the Armenian national music In the case of the national music the presence or absence of polyphony for the given composition is the traditional stylistic feature one of its characteristics According to Atayan the Armenian music having the monophonic monodic structure has long contained different elements of various types of polyphony Based on the multivoiced works of Komitas a musicologist researches their modal structure and the principles of harmonization Atayan s work is valuable for the compilation of the collection of scientific researches Komitasiana which was dedicated to various issues of the fruitful efforts of Komitas and for the academic publication of Komitas s heritage At present the latter is being continued by one of the most vivid representatives of modern musicology Georgiy Geodakian He is also the author of the articles devoted to the life artistic activity and stylistic peculiarities of Komitas s creative work Komitas s style and 20th century music The genius of the Armenian music etc and monograph In his researches Geodakian was practically the first to single out the phenomenon of Komitas from the narrow national music art and presented it within the framework of the world culture of the 20th century Debussi Bartok Stravinsky Komitas approached the folk art in a different manner The innovative principles of Komitas are valuable they are revealed not only within the framework of the Armenian folk music but also in a broad sense from the standpoint the development of world music art Komitas is great because he was able to raise the solution of the biggest problems of his own national art to the level of the solution of problems of all 20th century music art While doing this he did not only use the experience and achievements of previous specialists but he also made a foundation for new musical philosophy Komitas entered the music arena in times very difficult for music art in times of crisis and reassessment of values In these conditions the innovations were not always accepted and they were often considered formal and superficial pushing the music art into a dead end For such artists as Komitas endowed with high realization of the ethical duty no doubt innovation for the

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  • Arrangements of Komitas' compositions
    included as an integral part of the Komitas Quartet s repertoire These invaluable pearls of quartet music are admired not only by professional musicians but also by amateurs Nikolay Myaskovsky a symphonic composer of the Soviet era was right when he said These works ought to become a manual for any composer And in the opinion of Alexander Arutiunian an Armenian composer these pearls of Armenian chamber art modestly ranked by Aslamazian as arrangements are made with a delicate and serious master s hand This charming cycle which is likely to be the musical motto of the Quartet has been successfully received so far Presently owing to Aslamazian s treatments Komitas art and songs and through them the Armenian people are known all over the world Aslamazian also has treatments for violin and piano e g Krunk Avet Gabrielian the first violinist of the Komitas Quartet did not remain indifferent to the great composer s songs In his arrangements of Komitas songs Kakavik and Tsirani tsar for violin and piano one can feel a wonderful understanding of the means of a violin performance Arno Babajanian the outstanding Armenian composer has his own version of Komitas Vagharshapat Dance that is included in the repertoire of many prominent performers Another author who worked on Komitas songs is a noted pianist and teacher Robert Andreasian His musical gift was displayed in the field of composition as well Some of his piano arrangements of Komitas songs are fascinating One can easily find in them the influence of the great composer s fine and laconic style Andreasian treats the original music carefully and thoroughly trying to preserve the main musical image Discipline sincerity delicacy of feelings and reticence penetrate everywhere into the tragic Garun a the amusing Kakavik the delicate Oh Nazan the lyrical Abrban

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  • Komitas in the modern Armenia
    Armenian composer Romanos Melikian in Yerevan On its basis on October 1 1923 Yerevan State Conservatory was opened After World War II in 1946 the latter was named after Komitas Yerevan Conservatory is the only musical institution of higher education in Armenia On October 1 2003 it celebrated its 80th anniversary Throughout all these years the Conservatory has had numerous generations of graduates musicians who have performed the best stages of the world up to this day Not only musicians but the Conservatory itself that carries the name of Komitas has gone through a long and interesting path of development In the first years of its foundation it offered classes of piano violin alt cello wind instruments vocal choral singing string quartet and teaching In 1924 25 academic years the Conservatory organized the first Armenian symphonic orchestra In 1926 27 the first opera studio was opened in 1930 31 a composition class and a year later classes of opera and symphony conducting In 1937 38 academic years the Musicology department was founded which allowed the students to obtain deep knowledge in the fields of music theory and history art critique harmony polyphony form analysis and other Postgraduate studies have functioned at the Conservatory since 1961 here the students who wish to continue to perfect their music education have an opportunity to receive an academic degree of a Candidate of Arts after the defense In the latter years the Conservatory opened a number of classes related to the problems of national folklore In 1969 there was created the cabinet of national folklore in 1978 the cabinet of national instruments in 1987 the cabinet of national song and in 1988 the department of national folklore Today the Conservatory also offers the departments of foreign students foreign languages social sciences and computer science which contribute to the expansion of professional outlook of the students In 1997 the department of jazz music was opened for future representatives of Armenia s music For its 80 year old path the Conservatory of Komitas has been developing under the leadership of bright musicians famous composers and artists Romanos Melikian 1923 1924 Arshak Adamian 1924 1926 Anushavan Ter Gevondian 1926 1930 Spiridon Melikian 1930 1931 Snar Snarian 1931 1932 Georgiy Oganesian Kimik 1932 1933 Vardan Samvelian 1933 1936 Konstantin Sarajev 1936 1937 1940 1954 Samson Gasparian 1937 1940 Grigor Egiazarian 1954 1960 Lazar Sarian 1960 1986 Edgar Oganesyan 1986 1992 Tigran Mansurian 1992 1993 Armen Smbatian 1993 2002 Sergey Sarajian 2002 present For residents of Yerevan Komitas is also the name of one of the major streets Komitas street was constructed in 1963 64 It is the most popular link connecting the city center with Zeytun district In 1996 Komitas Publishing House was established in Yerevan It is a specialized musical publishing house founded by a musician and teacher Ruzanna Yesayan The mission of the publishing house is to represent Armenian music all over the world to promote the most significant works including those written by young talented

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  • Komitas - Bibliography
    Click here to download the bibliography in MS Word format

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  • Virtual Museum of Komitas - discography
    19 KOMITAS TEN REVELATIONS Produced by N A I 2002 Armenia Vahan Artsruni 20 KOMITAS ARMENIAN SONGS AND DANCES Armand Arapian baritone Vincent Leterme piano 1996 Distributed by DINEMEC in Switzerland DC CD 08 State Academic Choir of Armenia The Armenian State Academic Choir was organized in 1936 Its creation and world recognition is tied in with a national artist of the USSR USSR and Armenian State prize winner professor Hovhannes Tchekidjian who has been the artistic director and conductor of the choir since 1961 The choir has a long list of performances it includes works by Armenian Russian and Western European composers These are performed in the original in 27 languages of the world The Academic Choir of Armenia always performs the Armenian songs with high professionalism the Armenian choral works always true to the faultless principles of Komitas His artistic activity contributes to the enrichment of the national composer heritage Armenian contemporary composers often devote themselves to the worthy group with their choral works The latter give concerts in different countries of the world and cooperates with outstanding soloists and first class choirs Dmitriy Shostakovich Aram Khachaturian Evgeniy Mravinski and other musicians have all talked about the Armenian State Academic Choir with admiration Throughout its activity the choir has received state and international awards honorable callings recorded numerous disks Yerevan Chamber Choir The Yerevan Chamber Choir is one of the active promoters of Komitas art Its artistic director and conductor Harutyun Topikyan began his life work with the Hoktemberyan City Council Choir In 1979 he was one of the organizers and the artistic director of the TV and radio choir which afterwards gained the state level and was called the Armenian Song Chamber Choir In 1991 1994 he left for Beirut After 17 years of silence he restored

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  • History of Komitas Quartet
    and includes some great examples of Western and Russian classical music by Haydn Mozart Beethoven Schumann Schubert Mendelssohn Grieg Ravel Debussy Borodin Tchaikovsky Prokofiev Shostakovich and others The Komitas Quartet also gave the first performances of many works for string quartet Through its close connection to the musical world of native Armenians the Komitas Quartet inspired the birth of this new field for Armenian music its activity promoted the development of Armenian quartet music In addition to compositions by Aro Stepanian Edgar Oganessian Alexander Arutunian Edward Mirzoyan and others arrangements of Komitas songs are an inseparable part of the repertoire of the Komitas Quartet The composer of these wonderful quartet arrangements is Sergey Aslamazian the co founder and cellist of the Komitas Quartet By the way he also arranged Handel s Passacaglia Paganini s 24 caprices and Grieg s Solvejg s Song Thanks to Aslamazian s arrangements of Komitas songs foreign listeners had the opportunity to become acquainted with Armenian music and to find out that Armenians also have their own music The Komitas Quartet has frequently performed with world famous musicians including Gilels Richter Shostakovich Merzhanov Perlman and others Throughout the 80 years of its existence the Komitas Quartet has toured in various countries of the world including Germany the Czech Republic Hungary Poland Austria Japan Canada the USA etc all with considerable success Each of the performers is a virtuoso Vienna has not heard such an ensemble for ages the audience has very clearly realized that no local string quartet could approach the level and glory of Komitas Quartet These words belong to one of the listeners of a Vienna concert After hearing the Komitas Quartet s performance in the USA one music critic wrote Four musicians of one of the Soviet republics seem to have charmed the

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  • Komitas
    www gallery am KOMITAS QUARTET http komitasquartet mdp am NAREGATSI ART INSTITUTE www naregatsi org VIRTUAL MATENADARAN www matenadaran am ARMENIAN INTERNET RESOURCES CATALOGUE www cilicia com ARMENIAN INTERNET PORTAL www port am ARMENIAN BOOK MUSIC www narek com VIRTUAL

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  • Komitas
    S Gasparyan C Brutyan and other authors were used in the preparation of materials for the Virtual Museum of Komitas The developers of this site express their gratitude to the administration of the Yerevan Charents Museum of Literature and Art as well as to musicologists Gevork Geodakyan Armen Budaghyan and Alina Pahlevanyan choirmasters Harutyun Topikyan and Hovhannes Tchekidjian composer Robert Amirkhanyan and journalist Tigran Liloyan for their information support Our

    Original URL path: http://komitas.am/eng/about.htm (2012-12-22)
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