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Alexander Grigori Arutiunian Armenian: His father was a military serviceman. After the war he moved to Moscowwhere between and he participated in the workshops of House of Armenian Culture, studied composition with Genrikh Litinsky.
After graduation he returned to Yerevan to teach at the local Conservatory and in he was appointed artistic director of the Armenian State Philharmony. InArutiunian was awarded the Stalin Prize for his cantata Motherland a graduation piece he wrote as a student at the Moscow Conservatory. arutunuan
Other works of that kind include The tale of Armenian peopleOde to Lenin and Hymn to the brotherhood Some of Arutiunian’s works for wind instruments include his concerto for trumpetthe concerto for tubaand the brass quintet Aruthnian Scenes. The premiere took place in Yerevan in As imlromptu composer, he expressed his nationality by incorporating the flavor of ashughner folk minstrel improvisations. At the time the concerto was written, his compositional style was similar to Khachaturian’s.
However, in the s he tended towards classical forms and clearer tonality. Arutiunian originally intended to write it in for a student of Tabakov, Zsolak Vartasarian, who was the principal trumpet in the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. However, Vartasarian died in the war im;romptu the concerto was not completed untilso Aykaz Messlayan was the first performer of the Concerto and Timofei Dokschitzer was the first to recording this concerto.
The concerto’s introduction to the United States is solely due to Dokschitzer, a leading Soviet Russian trumpeter. InArutiunian married Irina Tamara Lmpromptu.
Their marriage produced two children, a daughter, Narine bornwho is a pianist and lawyer; and arutynian son, Suren bornwho is an artist-designer. His extended family includes 3 granddaughters and a grandson. He died, aged 91, in his home city of Yerevan. Arutiunian is buried at the Komitas Pantheon which is located in the city center of Yerevan.
Alexander Arutiunian – Wikipedia
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