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.

News

Performances

23rd April 2020

SOLOISTS
David Lively
PERFORMERS
Orchestre de la Garde Republicaine
CONDUCTOR
Colonel François Boulanger
LOCATION
Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides / Paris / Frances

25th April 2020

SOLOISTS
Airplay
PERFORMERS
Des Moines Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Joseph Giunta
LOCATION
Civic Center of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

7th May 2020

SOLOISTS
Lillie Kang
PERFORMERS
Youth Performing Arts School
CONDUCTOR
Dan Whisler
LOCATION
Youth Performing Arts School / Louisville, KY / United States

9th May 2020

PERFORMERS
MSM Precollege Orchestra
LOCATION
Manhattan School of Music / New York, NY / United States

9th May 2020

PERFORMERS
Des Moines Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Joseph Giunta
LOCATION
Civic Center of Des Moines / Des Moines, IA / United States

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