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Khagagortian, Eduard (Aramovich)locked

  • Yelena Dolinskaya

(b Tbilisi, July 15, 1930; d Moscow, Jan 3, 1983). Armenian composer. He learnt the violin in Tbilisi music schools before he studied composition with Egiazarian at the Yerevan Conservatory (graduating in 1954) and then with Aram Khachaturian at the Moscow Conservatory (graduating in 1964). He was later Khachaturian’s assistant at the conservatory and the Gnesin Institute. He became a board member of the Composers’ Union in 1964 and was deputy to the chairman of the board of the Moscow branch in 1970. In 1973 he became deputy editor of the publishers Sovetskiy kompozitor and was nominated Honoured Representative of the Arts of the RSFSR in 1979. He is considered to have made a signifcant contribution to the musical culture of the former USSR. He is a composer with an outstanding lyrical and dramatic gift, and this, coupled with his expertise in the area of folk music (of which he made several recordings) defined his compositional style. His ability to think on the broadest scale and his mastery of orchestral colour attracted him to the writing of symphonic works and music for the theatre and for film.


(selective list)

Str Qt, 1949

Blbul yev vard [The Nightingale and the Rose] (ballet, after A. Isahakyan), Yerevan, 1954

Sona (ballet, 3, A. Gharibyan), Yerevan, 1956

Shun u katun [The Cat and the Dog] (children’s comic op, 2, after H. Tumanyan), Yerevan, 1957

Pf Qnt, 1960

Sym. no.1, 1962

Sym. no.2, str orch, 1965

Cl Conc., 1966

Sym. no.3, solo org, 1969

Hp Conc., 1970

Sym. no.4, 1973

Shapka s ushami [The Cap with Earflaps] (children’s comic op, 3, N. Sats and N. Polyakov, after Tumanyan), Moscow, 1976

Str Qt, 1976

Sonata, fl, 1979

Sonata, vc, 1979

Sym. no.5, chbr chorus, orch incl. Armenian folk insts, 1980

Karinė (musical comedy), Moscow, 1981

Vn Conc., 1983

over 100 film scores; pf cycles


  • Ye. Dolinskaya: ‘Sochineniye redkogo zhanra’ [A composition of a rare genre], SovM (1973), no.8, pp.17–19
  • Ye. Orlova and V. Likht: ‘Mir chudom predstayot peredo mnoy: zametki o muzïke E. Khagagortyan’ [The world appears before me as a miracle: notes on the music of Khagagortian], SovM (1982), no.2, pp.21–6
  • E. Khagagortian: Stat′i, vospominaniya [Articles and reminiscences], ed. Ye. Dolinskaya (Moscow, 1987)
Sovetskaya muzïka