Gara Garayev – world famous Azerbaijani composer, whose music is rooted in the traditions of Azerbaijani folk – AZERTAC

Baku, March 9, AZERTAC

The world famous Azerbaijani composer, Gara Garayev left a deep imprint on the musical culture not only of Azerbaijan, but of the whole world.

His compositional art received wide recognition, both in Azerbaijan and far beyond its borders and achieved worldwide fame.

Garayev was a pupil of Shostakovich, considered one of the major composers of the 20th century and whose music is heavily indebted to the music of his native Azerbaijan.

Garayev’s impact on Azerbaijani national symphonic, chamber instrumental and vocal genres, film music, opera and ballet was enormous.

His music is rooted in the traditions of Azerbaijani folk. The impact of folk music studies with the eminent Uzeyir Hajibayli, founder of classical music in Azerbaijan is clear.

He wrote ballets, including Seven Beauties (1952) and The Path of Thunder (1957); an opera Motherland (co-written with J. Hajiyev (1945); three symphonies (1943, 1946, 1964); a symphonic poem, Leyli and Majnun (1947); Albanian Rhapsody (1952); Don Quixote Symphonic Engravings (1960); 24 Preludes for piano (1951-1963); a Violin Concerto (1967); incidental film music, The Fires of Baku (1951), The Conqueror of the Sea (1965) and many other works.

Garayev’s symphonic pieces are part of the repertoire of the greatest orchestras in the world. After having toured in many countries, “Seven Beauties” was finally staged in 2014 in San Diego (California), for the first time in the United States.

Gara Garayev became a groundbreaking modern composer of the 20th century, whose works have appeared in many concert halls around the world, including the countries of the former Soviet Union, Europe and the United States.

Between 1949 and 1953, Garayev served as dean of the Azerbaijan State Conservatory, and from 1965 to 1982 as president of the Union of Composers of Azerbaijan, as well as secretary of the Union of Composers of the USSR.

The distinct architecture of Garayev’s works, the beauty of his melodies, and the innovative harmonic and orchestral language of his music are striking.

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