Aram Khachaturian

1903 - 1978

Russian

Summary

Aram Ilich Khachaturian was born near Tiflis on 6 June 1903 and died in Moscow on 1 May 1978. Educated at the Gnesin School and the Moscow Conservatory, Khachaturian emerged — along with Prokofiev and Shostakovich — as one of the most popular and successful composers of the Soviet period. His unique musical idiom was indelibly marked by his Armenian heritage; his scores are noted for their sensuous, singing melodic writing, colorful orchestration, and elemental rhythmic drive. Known in the West chiefly as the composer of instrumental concerti and the vivid scores for the ballets Gayaneh and Spartacus (the former including the brilliant 'Sabre Dance'), his output also encompassed symphonies and other works for orchestra, film and theater music, works for band, chamber music, and a large number of patriotic and popular songs.

Aram Khachaturian: an Introduction




The web documentary is presented by Boosey & Hawkes
and G. Schirmer/AMP and is directed by Tommy Pearson
of Red Ted Films.

Recordings heard on this video are courtesy of:
   Onyx Classics
   Chandos Records
   Naxos

Video footage is licensed with kind permission from
'Khachaturian,' directed by Peter Rosen, produced by the
Kuhn Foundation.

Biography

Aram Ilich Khachaturian was born near Tiflis on 6 June 1903 and died in Moscow on 1 May 1978. Educated at the Gnesin School and the Moscow Conservatory, Khachaturian emerged — along with Prokofiev and Shostakovich — as one of the most popular and successful composers of the Soviet period. His unique musical idiom was indelibly marked by his Armenian heritage; his scores are noted for their sensuous, singing melodic writing, colorful orchestration, and elemental rhythmic drive. Known in the West chiefly as the composer of instrumental concerti and the vivid scores for the ballets Gayaneh and Spartacus (the former including the brilliant 'Sabre Dance'), his output also encompassed symphonies and other works for orchestra, film and theater music, works for band, chamber music, and a large number of patriotic and popular songs.

Aram Khachaturian: an Introduction




The web documentary is presented by Boosey & Hawkes
and G. Schirmer/AMP and is directed by Tommy Pearson
of Red Ted Films.

Recordings heard on this video are courtesy of:
   Onyx Classics
   Chandos Records
   Naxos

Video footage is licensed with kind permission from
'Khachaturian,' directed by Peter Rosen, produced by the
Kuhn Foundation.

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2nd September 2022

SOLOISTS
Jeremy Begbie
PERFORMERS
Gathered Orchestra
CONDUCTOR
Jeremy Begbie
LOCATION
Baldwin Auditorium Duke University, Durham , NC, United States of America

14th October 2022

SOLOISTS
Cirque de la Symphonie
PERFORMERS
Cirque de la Symphonie; Jacksonville Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Kevin Fitzgerald
LOCATION
Jacoby Symphony Hall, Jacksonville , FL, United States of America

15th October 2022

SOLOISTS
Cirque de la Symphonie
PERFORMERS
Cirque de la Symphonie; Jacksonville Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Kevin Fitzgerald
LOCATION
Jacoby Symphony Hall, Jacksonville , FL, United States of America

6th January 2023

SOLOISTS
Rachel Barton Pine
PERFORMERS
Grand Rapids Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Marcelo Lehninger
LOCATION
Devos hall, Grand Rapids , MI, United States of America

7th January 2023

SOLOISTS
Rachel Barton Pine
PERFORMERS
Grand Rapids Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Marcelo Lehninger
LOCATION
Devos hall, Grand Rapids , MI, United States of America

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