Arazova [Arazian], Izabella Konstantinovna
- Svetlana Sarkisyan
(b Rostov-na-Donu, Sept 25, 1936). Armenian composer. She has lived in Yerevan since 1942. She trained at the Melikyan Music College (1955–8), the Leningrad Conservatory (1961–3, composition with Yevlakhov) and at the Yerevan Conservatory (1964–7, composition with Mirzoyan). In 1967 she joined the Armenian Composers' Union. She taught orchestration, composition, harmony and solfeggio in music schools and at the Pedagogical Institute in Yerevan (1967–90). Arazova's works were performed for the first time in 1966 at the Festival of Young Composers in Yerevan and subsequently in Armenia, Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, USA, Japan, France and Switzerland.
Her early works developed under the banner of vitalist tendencies, as confirmed by the Concerto for Orchestra. In this latter-day concerto grosso Arazova heightened the significance of timbre contrasts. For the next three decades she evolved a system of oppositions, whilst achieving resourcefulness in melody and especially rhythm. While a particularly expressive utterance defines the scale of her chamber works, the lyrical concentration of her vocal works also permeates large-scale works. Her mixed technique is based on the use of classical polyphony and contemporary heterophonic, ...