Uzeyir Ha­jibeyli Mu­sic Fes­ti­val wraps up

Azer News - - Front Page - By La­man Is­may­ilova

Aclos­ing cer­e­mony of the 10th Uzeyir Ha­jibeyli In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val was held at Hey­dar Aliyev Cen­ter on Septem­ber 26.

The fes­ti­val, co-or­ga­nized by the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion and the Azer­bai­jan Min­istry of Cul­ture was held in Azer­bai­jan on Septem­ber 18-26.

World-fa­mous mu­si­cians and en­sem­bles from Azer­bai­jan, Rus­sia, the U.S., Tur­key, Italy and Slo­vakia mes­mer­ized the au­di­ence with their unique style of per­form­ing.

The clos­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended by sci­en­tists, artists and art fig­ures.

Peo­ple's Artist of Rus­sia, the State Prize lau­re­ate, vi­o­lon­cel­list Sergei Roldugin, the lau­re­ate of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, the fa­mous vi­o­lin­ist Pavel Mi­lyukov and the Azer­bai­jan State Sym­phony Orches­tra named af­ter Uzeyir Ha­jibeyli un­der the di­rec­tion of the Hon­ored Artist of Azer­bai­jan, Eyyub Guliyev per­formed at the con­cert.

The mu­si­cians pre­sented rarely per­formed sym­phonic and in­stru­men­tal works - S. Prokofiev's First Vi­o­lin Con­certo, J. Brahms's Dou­ble Con­certo for Vi­o­lin, Cello and Orches­tra, K. SenSans's 1st Cello Con­certo and or­ches­tral works by A. Borodin.

The con­cert was as­ton­ish­ingly per­formed within an at­mos­phere that could not have been im­proved.

The in­ter­na­tional mu­sic fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to Uzeyir Ha­jibeyli, the founder of the Azer­bai­jani pro­fes­sional mu­sic has been held in Azer­bai­jan since 2009. Fa­mous mu­si­cians, art col­lec­tives, soloists and con­duc­tors from dif­fer­ent coun­tries per­form at the fes­ti­val.

It should be noted that the tra­di­tion of cel­e­brat­ing the birth­day of the prom­i­nent com­poser as a mu­si­cal hol­i­day was set by great Azer­bai­jan's na­tional leader Hey­dar Aliyev.

The birth­day of le­gendary com­poser Uzeyir Ha­jibeyli (Septem­ber 18) is cel­e­brated as Na­tional Mu­sic Day in Azer­bai­jan since 1995.

The great com­poser has left an in­deli­ble mark in the his­tory of the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple.

Uzeyir Ha­jibeyli’s out­stand­ing mu­si­cal tal­ent started a revo­lu­tion in the Azer­bai­jani mu­si­cal time­line. He was the very mu­si­cian to in­tro­duce an ex­tra­or­di­nary in­no­va­tion in the na­tion's mu­sic cul­ture, to con­stantly re­fresh it, and ad­just to mod­ern tastes. He was a founder of an opera genre not only in Azer­bai­jan, but the East and cre­ated the first Mus­lim opera in the Is­lamic world.

His unique syn­the­sis of Ori­en­tal and Western mu­sic sig­nif­i­cantly pro­moted the clas­si­cal mu­sic tra­di­tions in the East and opened a page of clas­si­cal mu­sic pat­terns.

His­tory rec­og­nizes Ha­jibeyli as an in­no­va­tor as well as the first to es­tab­lish a pro­fes­sional mu­sic school and Orches­tra for Tra­di­tional Folk In­stru­ments, to com­pose the Mus­lim world’s first opera and operetta, to in­tro­duce a wo­man on stage, to write the coun­try’s na­tional an­them (which is the of­fi­cial an­them of Azer­bai­jan to­day), to be awarded the high­est artis­tic ti­tle of the Soviet Union.

Through his mu­sic as well as work as a jour­nal­ist, teacher, and trans­la­tor, Ha­jibeyli played a vi­tal role in the fight against il­lit­er­acy and helped usher in a cul­tural shift, launch­ing a pe­riod of en­light­en­ment that tran­scended Azer­bai­jan’s bor­ders and reached many oth­ers in the Eura­sia re­gion.

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