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Arno Babadjanian
Arno Babadjanian

Arno Babadjanian was a highly regarded composer in the former Soviet Union, a colleague of Rostropovich and Shostakovich.

Arno Babadjanian was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. Although there were no professional musicians in his family, his father loved music and played himself some Armenian traditional instruments such as Kamancha and Shvee.

In his early days, young Arno was noticed by Aram Khachaturian himself and was given an advice to pursue a career of a professional musician.

The piano lessons under the guidance of E.Chosrovian played an important role in the formation of the young musician, first in Yerevan and later in Moscow Conservatory.Apart from the piano lessons the future composer got a broad musical education under V.Talian.

In the following years, under the guidance of H. Litvinski, N. Peikoi and D.Rozalizki in the House of Armenian Culture in Moscow, Babadjanian produced his first important piece of music, which was called "Polyphonic Sonata for piano".

This work significantly contributed to the Armenian school of music however it was recognized as such only ten years later.

In 1947 Babadjanian participated in the first international competition of young musicians in Prague, where his vocal work "Raise the flags of friendship" received a wide recognition. In 1950 he completed the work on "Heroic Ballade", which reflected his impressions of the competition, and followed by "Piano Trio" proved the successful artistic development of the composer.

Babadjanian’s work and activities as a musician and composer were inseparable, according to the composer himself, from the life and development of the city of Yerevan which influenced Babadjanian’ choices as a musician. His work attracted attention from the early years and lasted for more than 50 years.

During those years Babadjanian produced number of works, in variety of musical genres- from piano and cello pieces to popular vocal and instrumental works.

His other works are a violin concerto, Symphonic Variations for piano and Orchestra, a Piano Trio, a Sonata for Violin and Piano, three string quartets and numerous solo piano works and songs.

In each case, his compositions bear the mark of the original and inspiring Armenian talent who managed to promote through his work the Armenian national music, in former Soviet Union and abroad.
He died in 1983 in Moscow.
Writer: Hasmik Muradyan
Editor: Eugenia Melkonyan
 Date Added: Saturday September 09, 2006 07:18:24 

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