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Riassunto: A biography of Komitas Vartabed, an Ottoman Armenian ethno-musicologist, 1869-1935
Dal risvolto interno: Two great strands of human life are interwoven in the Armenian psyche: suffering and art. Komitas's life combines both to create a tragic yet delightful tapestry of an artist's life.
Born in Kütahya, Turkey, in 1869, Komitas rose from orphan street urchin to prominence as a an internationally recognized musicologist. He popularized Armenian classical music by organizing mixed choirs in many cities with large Armenian populations. Komitas was idolized by the members of the choirs, who came to see him as the savior of their musical heritage.
His quest was to rediscover the pre-Christian roots of Armenian ecclesiastic music, to bring high standards to performances of Armenian folk music, and to built a conservatory of music to promote musical education. His melancholic songs exert a profound healing effect on listeners and draw audiences to their feet, Armenian and non-Armenian alike.
Komitas, the founder of Armenian classical music, also became a symbol for the victims of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. This elevated him in the eyes of Armenians to martyrdom.
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Descrizione libro Gomidas Inst, U.S.A., 2010. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. This copy is pristine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book. Codice libro della libreria 025230
Descrizione libro Gomidas Inst, 2010. Soft cover. Condizione libro: New. The most popular Armenian classical composer of his time, Komitas (1869–1935) is still on every concert program of classical Armenian music. Komitas’s creative work was cut short by the Armenian Genocide of 1915–16. After surviving a death camp, Komitas developed a severe form of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and spent twenty years in virtual silence in mental asylums. In this thoughtful biography, Rita Kuyumjian examines three seldom-addressed aspects of the composer’s life: his relationship with an Armenian singer, Margaret Babayan; his mental illness; and his relationship with the Armenian church. In this gently flowing narrative, based on extensive archival research, the fragile sanity of Komitas’s mutilated soul comes to life, engulfing the reader in the tempest that once roared in the great Armenian composer’s afflicted mind. Beside the elucidation of the complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, the author’s meticulous exploration of Komitas’s private life, love, fears, and demons paints a picture of a delicate creativity trapped in a painful solitude. Codice libro della libreria 092714-07
Descrizione libro Gomidas Inst, 2010. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P111903656214