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Matchavariani, Alexi

The folk music of his homeland was always of great importance to the Georgian composer Alexi Matchavariani, born on 23 September 1913. In his first works, written in the 1930s, he treated rhythmic and melodic elements of Georgian folksongs. But the progressive tendencies of Soviet music of that period also influenced his work. Matchavariani’s style thus shows a polystylistic dialogue, as a mixture of traditional, Georgian music and contemporary compositional techniques.

The musician, recipient of many awards, completed his studies at the Tbilissi Conservatory in 1936. He taught music theory there beginning in 1940 and was appointed professor of composition in 1963. His creative output covers a very broad spectrum: chamber music, romances, symphonies, operas and ballets. The composer’s first major success was the Piano Concerto of 1944, but his real breakthrough only took place in 1950 with the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, a very lyrical work with a special attraction thanks to its combination of diatonic folk music and chromaticism.


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