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ARUTIUNIAN, Alexander

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Alexander Arutiunian, one of the most important Armenian composers of the twentieth century, was bom in Yerevan in 1920. He trained as a pianist and composer in his hometown at the Komitas Conservatory, graduating in 1941. He continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Genrikh Litinsky from 1946-1948. His works from his more than fifty-year compositional career range from small intimate piano, vocal and chamber works to numerous instrumental concertos, orchestral works and one opera. His compositions for brass instruments are particularly well known, his brass quintet Armenian Scenes (I 984) now a part of the international repertory. In 1949 he was awarded the State Prize of the USSR and in 1960 was made a People's Artist of Armenia. He has since been the recipient of numerous awards in Armenia, the United States and elsewhere. He presently holds the position of Professor of Composition at the Komitas Conservatory where he has taught since 1965. Arutiunian's compositional style, formed during the late 1940s, was greatly influenced by vitalist trends prevalent in postwar Soviet art. A sense of dualism is created in his works by the juxtaposition of stylistic traits of both the Classical and Romantic periods, often presented within the framework of Baroque forms and genres, especially those of the suite and concerto. The principles of the concertante style are prevalent in many of his works from the instrumental concertos to his opera. Arutiunian also drew upon vitalism as a method of recreating the improvisatory and spontaneous nature of the folk melodies and rhythms of his Armenian cultural heritage.


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