Works of great na­tional com­poser per­formed in New York

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

ATa­lented mu­si­cians Nar­giz Ali­yarova, Kamilla Mam­madova (pi­ano), Azer Demirov and Chris­tine Lam­prea (vi­o­lin) as well as jazz singer Rus­lan Aghababayev per­formed the works of the great com­poser.

The con­cert fea­tured Gara Garayev's "Light­ning" and "Seven Beau­ties" bal­lets, "Vatan" opera, "Don Quixote" sym­phonic en­grav­ings, pre­lude and ro­mances. The au­di­ence was de­lighted with the con­cert. The mu­si­cians got a round of ap­plause.

The event was or­ga­nized by the Azer­bai­jan Min­istry of Cul­ture, BakuBrook­lyn Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion, Cul­ture Foun­da­tion of Azer­bai­jani Com­pa­tri­ots and Cau­casian Jews in the U.S. (AZZEM), the Cau­casian Jewish Cul­tural Cen­ter, the Per­ma­nent Del­e­ga­tion of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan to the United Na­tions and the Em­bassy of Azer­bai­jan in the United States, AZERTAC re­ported.

Hav­ing syn­the­sized Eastern and Western mu­si­cal tra­di­tions, Gara Garayev's works cover es­sen­tially all gen­res. The works by the le­gend are per­formed all over the world.

He knew Azer­bai­jani folk mu­sic very well and loved to sing.

In 1938, Garayev com­posed his first mu­si­cal piece, a can­tata "The Song of the Heart" to the poem by Ra­sul Rza. It was per­formed in Mos­cow's Bol­shoi Theater in the same year. He was only 20 years old at the time.

Garayev re­turned to Baku in 1941. He be­gan teach­ing stu­dents at Azer­bai­jan State Phil­har­monic So­ci­ety.

In 1952, un­der the di­rec­tion of the chore­og­ra­pher P. A. Gu­sev, Garayev's "Seven Beau­ties" bal­let was staged at the Azer­bai­jani Theater of Opera and Bal­let. Based on Nizami Gan­javi's fa­mous poem, "Seven Beau­ties", it be­came the first Azer­bai­jani bal­let and opened a new chap­ter in the his­tory of clas­si­cal mu­sic of Azer­bai­jan.

His bal­let, "Path of Thun­der", staged in 1958, was ded­i­cated to racial con­flicts in South Africa. In the same year, he wrote the score for the doc­u­men­tary film" A Story About the Oil Work­ers of the Caspian Sea", di­rected by Ro­man Kar­men and set at the Oil Rocks.

Through his life, Garayev wrote nearly 110 mu­si­cal pieces, in­clud­ing bal­lets, op­eras, sym­phonic and cham­ber pieces, so­los for pi­ano, can­tatas, songs and marches, and rose to promi­nence not only in Azer­bai­jan, but also world­wide.

He bril­liantly jux­ta­posed fea­tures of Mugham with jazz, blues, African mu­sic, Euro­pean coun­ter­point styles, and de­vel­op­ments re­lated to the 20th cen­tury Western mu­sic such as the 12-tone tech­nique.

Garayev died on May 13, 1982 in Mos­cow at the age of 64.

The com­poser leaved be­hind a legacy of mu­sic that will be felt for gen­er­a­tions to come. The mem­ory of great com­poser will al­ways live in the hearts of Azer­bai­jani peo­ple.

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