Komitas

Born 26 September 1869. Died 22 October 1935
Komitas
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1869-09-26
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Komitas

Komitas Biography (Wikipedia)

Soghomon Soghomonian, ordained and commonly known as Komitas, (Armenian: Կոմիտաս; 26 September 1869 – 22 October 1935) was an Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer, and choirmaster, who is considered the founder of the Armenian national school of music. He is recognized as one of the pioneers of ethnomusicology.

Orphaned at a young age, Komitas was taken to Etchmiadzin, Armenia's religious center, where he received education at the Gevorgian Seminary. Following his ordination as vardapet (celibate priest) in 1895, he studied music at the Frederick William University in Berlin. He thereafter "used his Western training to build a national tradition". He collected and transcribed over 3,000 pieces of Armenian folk music, more than half of which were subsequently lost and only around 1,200 are now extant. Besides Armenian folk songs, he also showed interest in other cultures and in 1904 published the first-ever collection of Kurdish folk songs. His choir presented Armenian music in many European cities, earning the praise of Claude Debussy, among others. Komitas settled in Constantinople in 1910 to escape mistreatment by ultra-conservative clergymen at Etchmiadzin and to introduce Armenian folk music to wider audiences. He was widely embraced by Armenian communities, while Arshag Chobanian called him the "savior of Armenian music".

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Al Aylukhs
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Al Aylukhs
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Hymn for Maundy Thursday
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Hymn for Maundy Thursday
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Qele (Come to me, my bird)
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Qele (Come to me, my bird)

Qele (Come to me, my bird)

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Septet of the Hover State Chamber Choir
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Sona Hovhannisyan
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Four Folk Songs
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Four Folk Songs

Four Folk Songs

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Choir
Septet of the Hover State Chamber Choir
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Sona Hovhannisyan
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Excerpts from the Divine Liturgy of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church
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Excerpts from the Divine Liturgy of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church

Excerpts from the Divine Liturgy of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church

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Choir
Septet of the Hover State Chamber Choir
Director
Sona Hovhannisyan
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Tsirani Tsar
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Tsirani Tsar
Komitas Vardapet, S. Z. Aslamazian, G. Talalyan, Heather Tuach & Patil Harboyan
Shogher jan (Dear Shogher)
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Shogher jan (Dear Shogher)

Shogher jan (Dear Shogher)

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Komitas Vardapet
Music Arranger
S. Z. Aslamazian
G. Talalyan
Performer
Heather Tuach
Patil Harboyan
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Unabi of Shushi
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Unabi of Shushi

Unabi of Shushi

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The Gurdjieff Ensemble
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Clouds; Folk Dance (5 Armenian Folksongs)
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Clouds; Folk Dance (5 Armenian Folksongs)
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