ARAM ILICH KHACHATURIAN

6th June 1903 --- 1st May 1978

Aram Ilich Khachaturian(born 1903, Tiflis, Georgia, Russian Empire [now Tbilisi, Georgia]--died 1978, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R.), Soviet composer best known for his Piano Concerto (1936) and his ballet Gayane (1942), which includes the popular, rhythmically stirring Sabre Dance.

Khachaturian was trained at the Gnesiny State Musical and Pedagogical Institute in Moscow and at the Moscow Conservatory and served as a professor at both schools from 1951. He was influenced as a young composer by contemporary Western music, particularly that of Maurice Ravel. In his First Symphony (1935) and later works, this influence gave way to Khachaturian's interest in his national heritage of Armenian folk music, as well as in other folk traditions of Georgia, Russia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. His Second Symphony (1943) was written for the 25th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. His other works include a symphonic suite, Masquerade (1944; from incidental music to a play by Mikhail Lermontov), the ballets Happiness (1939) and Spartak (1953; "Spartacus"), a Third Symphony; a violin concerto (1940); a cello concerto (1946); and numerous shorter works. He was twice a recipient of the Stalin Prize, and he composed the music for the Armenian national anthem. He also composed film scores and incidental music. (see also Index: nationalism)

In 1948, along with Dmitry Shostakovich and Sergey Prokofiev, Khachaturian was accused by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of bourgeois tendencies in his music. He admitted his guilt and was restored to prominence. After Stalin's death in 1953, however, he publicly condemned the Central Committee's accusation. He was named People's Artist of the Soviet Union in 1954 and was awarded the Lenin Prize in 1959.

Khachaturian's family was prominent in Soviet cultural affairs; his wife, Nina Makarova, and his nephew, Karen Khachaturian, were also composers.

Gary Goldberg has kindly sent me a musical programe signed by Khachaturian in the early 1970's, please Click here.

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Last Updated on 5th October 2002
By Steven

And now for the Music

I like to thank George Pollen for the following excellent crafted music, to contact George please (gpollen@polleng.freeserve.co.uk"> Click Here.

(2675)"Violin concerto Mov.3 ", another beautiful piece. Sequenced by George Pollen. This is a large file please click here for pkunzip.

I would like to sincerely thank Gary Goldberg for correcting some faults in "Aishe's Awaking and Dance", it now sounds magnificent, and for letting me post his new Khachaturian pieces email (GaryG@ix.netcom.com">Gary Goldberg.

(2145)"Symphony No.2, Mov.4", a text file is within the zip file. Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

(2082)"Symphony No.2, Mov.3" Another wonderful piece, for a text file please Click here. Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

(2048)"Symphony No.2, Mov.2" A lovely piece, for a text file please Click here. Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

(2121) Carpet Weaving Scene from Act I, Scene 1, "Gayane ballet" Another wonderful piece, text file within the zip file. Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

(909)"Violin Concerto 2nd Mov" I have remap the patchs to G.M this is another beautiful pieceLarge file please click here for pkunzip.exe Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

(864)"Violin Concerto 1st Mov" I have remap the patchs to G.M this is a beautiful pieceLarge file please click here for pkunzip.exe Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

(821)"Violin Concerto 3rd Mov" A lovely pieceLarge file please click here for pkunzip.exe Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

(1044)"Lezghinka from Gayeneh Ballet Suite" another beautiful pieceLarge file please click here for pkunzip.exe Sequencer Goerge Pollen

(1019) "Ayesha's Dance" from the ballet Gayeneh, this is one of my favourites. Sequencer George Pollen

(588)"Aishe's Awaking and Dance" Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe Seq by ?

(589)"Harvest Song"Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe Seq by ?

(590) "Les Ginka"Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe Seq by ?

(591) "A Lullaby" Seq by ?

Khachaturian,(48) Sabre Dance. Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe Seq?

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