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Aram Khachaturian

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Although he was indicted (alongside Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and a great many other prominent Soviet music artists) for “formalism,” within the infamous Zhdanov decree of 1948, Aram Khachaturian was, for some of his longer career, among the Soviet music establishment’s most valued representatives. Blessed into an Armenian family members, in Tbilisi, in 1903, Khachaturian’s musical identification formed gradually, and, although a tuba participant in his college band along with a self-taught pianist, he wished to be considered a biologist, and didn’t study music officially until getting into Moscow’s Gnesin Music Academy (being a cellist) in 1922. His significant musical talents shortly manifested themselves, and by 1925 he was learning structure privately with Gnesin himself. In 1929, Khachaturian became a member of Miaskovsky’s composition course on the Moscow Conservatory. Khachaturian graduated in 1934, and prior to the conclusion, in 1937, of his postgraduate research, the effective premieres of such functions because the Symphony No. 2 in A “Having a Bell” (1935) and, specifically, the Piano Concerto in D smooth Major (1936) founded Khachaturian because the leading Soviet author of his era. Through the vicious government-sponsored episodes, in 1948, within the Soviet Composers’ Union (where Khachaturian, a dynamic member since 1937, also kept an administrative function) Khachaturian required significant amounts of criticism. Nevertheless, although he was officially censured for utilizing modernistic, politically wrong musical methods which fostered an “anti-people artwork,” Khachaturian’s music included few, if any, from the objectionable qualities within the music of a few of his even more adventuresome co-workers. In retrospect, it had been probably Khachaturian’s administrative part within the Union, recognized by the federal government like a bastion of politically wrong music, rather than his music therefore, which gained him a location on the dark set of 1948. However, Khachaturian made an extremely complete and humble apology for his creative “mistakes” following Zhdanov decree; his musical design, nevertheless, underwent no adjustments. Khachaturian became a member of the structure faculty from the Moscow Conservatory as well as the Gnesin Academy in 1950, which same calendar year he produced his debut being a conductor. Through the years until his loss of life in 1978 Khachaturian produced frequent European performing performances, and in January of 1968 he produced a culturally significant visit to Washington, D.C., performing the Country wide Symphony Orchestra in an application of his very own works. Khachaturian’s quality musical style attracts on the melodic and rhythmic vitality of Armenian folk music. But not adverse to sharpened dissonance, Khachaturian hardly ever strayed from a fundamentally diatonic musical vocabulary. The Piano Concerto as well as the Violin Concerto in D Small are truly Intimate works, virtuosic, apparent, and unaffectedly expressive, staying therefore popular and sometimes performed composition. Needless to say, many neither of the works fits the reputation of the well-known “Sabre Dance” through the ballet Gayane, which produced Khachaturian children name during Globe Battle II. His additional works consist of film scores, tracks, piano items, and chamber music. The amount of Khachaturian’s achievement like a Soviet composer could be assessed by his many honors, such as the 1941 Lenin Reward, for the Violin Concerto, the 1959 Stalin Reward, for the ballet Spartacus, as well as the title, granted in 1954, of People’s Designer.

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Full Name Aram Khachaturian
Died May 1, 1978, Moscow, Russia
Profession Conductor, Film Score Composer
Education Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Moscow Conservatory
Nationality Armenian, Georgian, Soviet
Spouse Nina Makarova
Children Karen Khachaturian, Nune Khachaturian
Parents Kumash Sarkisovna, Egia Ilia Khachaturian
Siblings Suren Khachaturian
Awards USSR State Prize, Lenin Prize
Albums Spartacus / Gayaneh (excerpts), Konzert für Violine und Orchester (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig feat. conductor: Gerhard Pflüger, violin Gustav Schmahl), Violin Concertos, Spartacus – Gayaneh – Masquerade (Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian), Spartacus Ballet Suites, Armenian Rhapsody, Flute Concertos, Two Souls, Violin Concerto / Concerto-Rhapsody (National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, feat. conductor: Theodore Kuchar, violin: Mihaela Martin), Ode in Memory of Lenin (Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian), Piano Concerto / Dance Suite (Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra feat. piano: Dora Serviarian-Kuhn, conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian), Violin Concerto / Havanaise, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Khachaturian: Piano Concerto, Piano Concerto / Concert Rhapsody, Music For The Film: "The Gadfly", Alfred Schnittke: Film Music, Khachaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh, Masquerade / Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches, Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite / Kabalevsky: The Comedians / Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien / Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Khachaturian, A.I.: Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto, Shostakovich Ballet Suite No. 1, Shostakovich: Ballet Suites 1 & 2, Spartacus (Rias-Kammerchor & Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin feat. conductor: Michail Jurowski), Khachaturian: Suites de Gayaneh & Masquerade, extraits (Mono Version), Säbeltanz: Sämtliche Werke für Solovioline und Violine - Klavier, Shostakovich Ballet Suite No. 2, Highlights from Gayaneh, Khachaturian: Spartacus and Gayaneh highlights etc., Three Concert Arias / Ode to Joy, Mirror of Eternity, Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No. 2 for Orchestra (Digitally Remastered), The Gadfly, The Valencian Widow Suite / Gayaneh Suite No. 2 (Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian), Symphonies 1 & 3, Gayaneh (USSR Radio and TV Large Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Djansug Kakhidze), Khachaturian: Symphony No.2/Gayaneh, Symphony No. 2 / Gayaneh-Suite (Wiener Philharmoniker, feat. conductor: Aram Khachaturian), Khachaturian: Concerto pour violon (Mono Version), Alexander Lazarev / Khachaturian (Gayaneh/Masquerade/Spartacus), Khachaturian & Kabalevsky: Concertos pour violon (Mono Version), Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto no. 2, op. 77 / Khachaturian: Cello Concerto / Glazunov: Chant du Ménestrel, op. 71, Symphony no. 2 / 4 Movements from Gayaneh Ballet Suite no. 1, Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No. 1 for Orchestra (Digitally Remastered), Khatchaturian, Spartacus and Gayaneh Ballet Highlights, Highlights From Spartacus, Piano Concerto in D-flat / Sonatina / Toccata (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian, piano: Alberto Portugheis), The Two Concertos for Cello & Orchestra, Symphony No. 2 “The Bell” / “Battle of Stalingrad” – Suite (Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian), Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor / Kabalevsky: Violin Concerto in C, Op. 48, Violin Concerto, Grainger Lincolnshire Posy / Hill Song No. 2 / Persichetti Symphony for Band / Khachaturian Armenian Dances / Hartley Concerto for 23 Winds / Rogers Three Japanese Dances
Movies 2001: A Space Odyssey, Pepo, Zangezur, Othello, Girl No. 217, The Battle of Stalingrad, Mayerling, Admiral Ushakov, Attack from the Sea, The Russian Question, Salavat Yulayev, Le ruban de Möbius, Carlos Acosta: Spartacus, Masquerade, Spartacus, They Have a Motherland, Light over Russia, Ida Is Here


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1 Uncle of Karen Khachaturyan.
2 Same birth town as the legendary Sergei Parajanov


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Còmics 2015 TV Series music - 1 episode
Winter's Tale 2014 writer: "Masquerade Suite" - as Aram Khachaturian
The Look of Love 2013 writer: "'Sabre Dance' From Gayane" - as Aram Khachaturian
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 writer: "Sabre Dance" - as Aram Khachaturian
The Bolshoi Ballet: Live from Moscow 2011 TV Series 1 episode
Popstar to Operastar 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons TV Series writer - 8 episodes, 1991 - 2011 music - 4 episodes, 1992 - 2008
No me la puc treure del cap TV Series music - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Pájaros de papel 2010 writer: "Danza del sable del ballet Gayaneh" - as Aram Chatschaturiam
Jools's Hootenanny 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pencils 2009 Short writer: "Masquerade Suite" - as Aram Khachaturian
Le concert 2009 writer: "Sabre Dance" from ballet "Gayene"
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 writer: "Adagio from Spartacus"
The Big Bang Theory 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Banda sonora 2008 TV Series music - 1 episode
Ghost Town 2008/I writer: "Sabre Dance" - as Aram Khachaturian
Witless Protection 2008 writer: "Sabre Dance" - as Aram Khachaturian
War and Peace 2007 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Sicko 2007 Documentary writer: "Sabre Dance" - as Aram Khachaturian
Scoop 2006 writer: "Gayaneh - Suite: Sabre Dance" - as Aram Khachaturian
Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 writer: "Adagio from Spartacus" - as Aram Khachaturian
Pictures of Finland: Wonderland Suomi 2005 Video documentary writer: "Sabre Dance"
Kung Fu Hustle 2004 writer: "Sabre Dance"
Nochnoy dozor 2004 lyrics: "Spartak Ballet" aka "Spartacus" - as A. Khachaturian / music: "Spartak Ballet" aka "Spartacus" - as A. Khachaturian
What's New, Scooby-Doo? 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Two and a Half Men 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Lion King 1 1/2 2004 Video writer: "Sabre Dance" - as Aram Khachaturian
Oldeuboi 2003 "Waltz"
Primetime Glick 2002 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Last Minute 2001 writer: "Gayanesh" - as Aram Khachaturian
Blues Brothers 2000 1998 writer: "Sabre Dance" - uncredited
Dexter's Laboratory 1997-1998 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Simple Wish 1997 writer: "Sabre Dance" 1942 - as Aram Khachaturian
Vegas Vacation 1997 writer: "Sabre Dance"
The X-Files 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Don't Drink the Water 1994 TV Movie writer: "Danse du Sabre Sabre Dance" - as Aram Khatchaturian
Radioland Murders 1994 writer: "Sabre Dance" - as Aram Khachaturian
The Ren & Stimpy Show 1993-1994 TV Series music - 2 episodes
The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 writer: "Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia" - uncredited
Ren & Stimpy: Stimpy's Invention 1993 Video Game music: "Saber Dance" - uncredited
Aero the Acro-Bat 1993 Video Game music: "Sabre Dance" - uncredited
Hocus Pocus 1993 writer: "Sabre Dance"
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Muuttolinnun aika 1991 writer: "Sabre Dance from the ballet Gajaneh"
'Allo 'Allo! 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Punchline 1988 music: "Saber Dance" - uncredited
Moonlighting 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Charlotte for Ever 1986 music: "Charlotte For Ever" - uncredited
Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 writer: "Sabre Dance" - as Aram Khachaturian, uncredited
Road Runner 1985 Video Game music: "Saber Dance" - uncredited
The Benny Hill Show 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Repentance 1984 writer: "Sabre Dance"
Caligula 1979 "Adagio Of Spartacus And Phrygia" / writer: "Adagio"
Shame of the Jungle 1975 writer: "Sabre Dance" - uncredited
Kiliç Aslan 1975 writer: "Adagio from Spartacus" - uncredited
Amarcord 1973 music: "Sabre Dance" - uncredited
Stenansiktet 1973 writer: "Spartacus"
Nu, pogodi! 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Graham Kennedy Show 1972 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Onedin Line 1971 TV Series writer: "Opening music from Spartacus Suite" - as Khachaturian
Mayerling 1968 writer: "Spartacus Suite"
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 music: "Gayaneh Ballet Suite" 1941-2
Uncle Tom's Cabin 1965 writer: "Saber Dance"
The Girl-Getters 1964 music: "Sabre Dance" - uncredited
The Twilight Zone 1962 TV Series music - 1 episode
One, Two, Three 1961 music: "Sabre Dance" - uncredited
The Jack Benny Program 1961 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Make Room for Daddy 1958 TV Series writer - 1 episode
War and Peace 1956 writer: "Masquerade Waltz" - as Aram Khachaturian, uncredited
Armyanskiy kontsert 1954 writer: "Gayanne"
Concert of Stars 1953 Documentary writer: "Gayane"
The Barkleys of Broadway 1949 music: "Sabre Dance" 1942 - uncredited
The Iron Curtain 1948 music: "Lullaby" - as Aram Khachaturian

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La Argentina 2008 Short music composed by
Christmas 2002 Short
Le ruban de Möbius 1994 Short
La ira 1989
The Onedin Line 1971-1972 TV Series 15 episodes
Nakanune 1959
Poyedinok 1957
Othello 1956
Admiral Ushakov 1953
Attack from the Sea 1953
Sekretnaya missiya 1950
U nikh est Rodina 1950 as A. Khachaturyan
The Victors and the Vanquished 1949
Stalingradskaya bitva I 1949
Russkiy vopros 1948 as A. Khachaturyan
Svet nad Rossiyei 1947
Girl No. 217 1945 as A. Khachaturyan
Haykakan kinohamerg 1941 Short from ballet "Happiness"
Salavat Yulayev 1940 as A. Khachaturyan
Zangezur 1938
Pepo 1935

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Génocide Arménien, 100 ans de mémoire 2015 TV Movie stock music
Spartacus 2008 TV Movie music by
De Serge Gainsbourg 1994 Video documentary composer: song "Charlotte For Ever", based on his piece
Maskarad 1985 TV Movie music composed by
Falco - Helden von heute 1984 TV Movie composer: stock music - as Aram Khachaturian
Gayane 1980 TV Movie music by
The Great Battle 1970 TV Mini-Series composer - 1 episode
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 music by - as Aram Khatchaturian
Lyudi i zveri 1962 composer: additional music
The Iron Curtain 1948 composer: incidental music - as Aram Khachaturian

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Indian Artists in the U.S.S.R. 1955 Documentary short

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Khachaturian 2003 Documentary Himself
Hört die Signale 1991 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1973 People's Artist of the Republic People's Artist of the Republic Azerbaijan
1963 People's Artist of the Republic People's Artist of the Republic Georgia
1955 People's Artist of the Republic People's Artist of the Republic Armenia
1954 People's Artist of the USSR People's Artist of the USSR
1950 Stalinskaya Premia State Prize of Soviet Union - Stalinskaya Premia First Category Stalingradskaya bitva I (1949) · Vladimir Petrov (director)
· Nikolai Virta (writer)
· Yuri Yekelchik (cinematographer)
· Leonide Mamaladze (art director)
· Grigoriy Ayzenberg (special effects operator)
· Mikhail Semyonov (combination scenes designer)
· Aleksei Dikij (actor)
· Yuri Shumsky (actor)
· Nikolai Simonov (actor)
· Vladimir Gajdarov (actor)
1947 People's Artist of the Republic People's Artist of the Republic Russia


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