- Larisa Alexandrovna Nazarova
(b Dushanbe, March 19, 1947). Tajik composer. Born into the family of the national poet of Tajikistan, she received her first professional training at the Dushanbe Music College under Ter-Osipov (1963–7) before studying at the Moscow Conservatory with Balasanian (1967–74), who had participated in the foundation of a Tadjik school of composition. Her style is associated with the musical dialect of the mountainous Pamir region and the fact that she is drawn towards instrumental miniature forms is symptomatic not only of her own artistic character but also of the nature of the traditional music of her native area. Initially influenced by 18th- and 19th-century structures, she has evolved a language notable for its clear textures and uncomplicated means of expression. She subsequently broadened her interest in international contemporary music, partly as a result of her acquaintance with Moscow-based composer Khagagortian, while her approach to folklore shares a kinship with those of Bartók and Stravinsky. From ...