Chebotarian, Gayane (Movses)
- Şahan Arzruni
(b Rostov-on-Don, Nov 8, 1918; d Moscow, Jan 16, 1998). Armenian composer and musicologist. A graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory, she studied composition with Kushnaryor and the piano with Khal′fin. In 1947 she began teaching at the Yerevan Conservatory, where she set up a special course to research into the polyphonic aspects of Armenian music. She was made an Honoured Art Worker of the Armenian SSR in 1965 and appointed professor of composition in 1977. Although her work incorporates certain national characteristics, both melodic and rhythmic, it also manifests elements of the classic Russian tradition. Chebotarian’s music is melodious, striving for simplicity and clarity of expression. A mood of restrained melancholy, however, is pervasive in many of her compositions. Her piano writing is wholly idiomatic for the instrument. As well as a number of articles, she has published the book Polifonia v tvorchestve Arama Khachaturiana (‘Polyphony in the Works of Khachaturian’, Yerevan, ...