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TIGRANIAN, Nikoghayos (1856-1951)

ARMENIAN FOLKDANCES • MUGAM ARRANGEMENTS


  • Mikael Ayrapetyan, piano

Nikoghayos Tigranian belongs to the first generation of composers and folk song collectors who laid the foundation of an Armenian national style. Tigranian’s piano transcriptions of folk dances is perhaps his most important legacy, emulating folk instruments and capturing and preserving colourful depictions of Armenian folk life that are simple in texture and rich with harmonic and melodic detail. His interest also extended to Persian improvisational vocal-instrumental poems or mugams; expressive pieces that influenced contemporaries and subsequent generations of composers.

Tracklist

 
Armyanskiye narodnïye tantsï (Armenian Folk Dances) () (00:26:00 )
1
No. 1. Findjan * (00:01:48)
2
No. 2. Faten Kitam * (00:01:40)
3
No. 3. Rangi * (00:01:59)
4
No. 4. 3 Round Dances: Kyandrabz - Vard Koshikes - Shavali * (00:04:01)
5
No. 5. Dyuz Par * (00:02:17)
6
No. 6. Round Dance of Gyumri * (00:03:35)
7
No. 7. Round Dance of the Erzrumi * (00:02:28)
8
No. 8. Dance, "Daghstani" * (00:01:09)
9
No. 9. Back and Forth * (00:02:48)
10
No. 10. Ver-ver * (00:02:41)
11
No. 11. Zourni Trngi * (00:01:32)
12
Bayati-kurd, Op. 2 () * (00:10:17)
13
Bayati-shiraz, Op. 3 () * (00:08:24)
14
Heydari, Op. 5 (version for piano) () * (00:03:30)
15
Shakhnaz, Op. 6 (version for piano) () * (00:07:27)
16
Nouruz arabi, Op. 10 () * (00:05:07)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:00:43

The Artist(s)

Mikael Ayrapetyan Mikael Ayrapetyan is a pianist, composer, producer and teacher, as well as a researcher and public figure. He has done much to popularise Armenian classical music all over the world with his Secrets of Armenia musical project, which began during his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor Mikhail Sergeyevich Voskresensky. The performing traditions of Konstantin Igumnov, Samuil Feinberg and Lev Oborin are reflected in Ayrapetyan’s performances of the extensive Armenian piano heritage.

The Composer(s)

Nikoghayos Tigranian Among the first generation of composers and folk song collectors in Armenia, Nikoghayos Tadevosi Tigranian (1856–1951) stands alongside other important figures such as Komitas Vardapet, Tigran Chukhadzhian, Kristapor Kara-Murza and Makar Ekmalian. It was Tigranian and his colleagues who began the systematic collection of folk songs and dances, and laid the foundation of an Armenian national style.