Arno Babadjanian : Elegy (in memoriam Aram Khachaturian)

Phillip Sear plays an elegy written in 1978 by the Armenian composer Arno Babadjanian (1921-83) in memory of his famous compatriot composer, who had died the same year.
The Armenian composer Arno Babadjanian (Առնո Բաբաջանյան, 1921-83) was born in Yerevan into a musical family. His first formal musical studies were at the Yerevan Conservatory (on the recommendation of Khachaturian), and from 1938 he studied in Moscow, latterly at the conservatory there. He had a distinguished career in the Soviet Union as pianist and composer, writing in many genres, including film scores. This piece is actually a setting of a tune written in the 18th century Armenian poet and musician Sayat-Nova (Սայաթ-Նովա, 1712-95). In a sad foretaste of events over two hundred years later Sayat-Nova, who became a Christian priest in middle age, was beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam at the behest of Persian invaders.
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