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Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian
1903 - 1978

Much-loved Soviet composer of Armenian background, who continued vein of colourful Russian exoticism from 19th century composers like Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov. Aram Khachaturian studied at Gnessin Institute and Moscow Conservatoire under Glière and Myaskovsky. Later taught composition at Gnessin Institute for many years. Most famous for ballets Gayaneh and Spartacus, performed worldwide by the Bolshoy and Kirov companies during the Soviet period. Many concertos include those for piano (1936) and violin (1940), the latter written for and championed by David Oistrakh. His three symphonies are of epic, almost filmic character, with very grand and kaleidoscopic orchestration. Among many theatre scores, the music for Masquerade, with its imitations of 19th century waltzes, is most frequently played. Wrote much official Soviet music including Ode to the Memory of Lenin and Poem about Stalin, which mixes folk-tunes from Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaidzhan. After Stalin.s death (1953) was courageous in his struggle to return Soviet musical life to greater freedom and experiment. His music has reached a wide audience in the West through its reuse on film and TV.
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Gayane Suite No. 2 - Harvest Holiday PlayClick for Truetone ordering instructions
Gayane Suite No. 2 - Dance of the Girls PlayClick for Truetone ordering instructions
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Gayane Suite No. 2 - Choosing the Bride PlayClick for Truetone ordering instructions
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Gayane Suite No. 3 - The Hunt - Andante PlayClick for Truetone ordering instructions
Gayane Suite No. 3 - Dance of the Comrades PlayClick for Truetone ordering instructions
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Gayane Suite No. 3 - Gayane's Adagio PlayClick for Truetone ordering instructions
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