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Current Work List of Aram Khachaturian

The work list of the Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian has now been issued as part of our series of updated, critically reviewed work lists. Information concerning the sources of first publications and the whereabouts of the autograph manuscripts, together with the corresponding dates and places of the world premieres, make this catalogue - with its detailed information concerning instrumentations, arrangements and editions - an indispensible reference work. The Sikorski Archive provided one of the most important foundations for the compilation, in which both Western and Russian sources have been brought together in the greatest detail for the first time.

Aram Khachaturian was born in 1903 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He achieved his breakthrough as a composer in 1933/34 with the world premiere of the First Symphony and the Piano Concerto, a work that is famous today throughout the world. In 1951 Khachaturian became Professor of Composition at the Moscow Conservatory. Already many years prior to this, he had made a name for himself as a conductor and also given guest performances in the West in this function beginning in the mid-1970s. With the integration of Armenian folklore as one of his central concerns, Khachaturian succeeded in interconnecting folk music of his Armenian-Caucasian homeland with Russian art music. One of his most important works is the ballet “Gayaneh”, which includes the famous “Sabre Dance”.

 

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