CULTURE


House Museum of Gara Garayev - world-known Azerbaijani composer

Baku, July 7, AZERTAC

The House Museum of Gara Garayev, world-known Azerbaijani composer, whose music rooted in traditions of Azerbaijani folk, was opened on his 100th birthday on 3 October, 2018 in Baku.

Not only the parents of Gara Garayev lived in this house, an outstanding composer spent his childhood and youth here. He composed his first works in this very house.

The museum's collection includes personal belongings, posters, programs, photographs, books and other exhibits dedicated or belonging to Gara Garayev.

The House-Museum operates as part of the State Museum of Musical Culture.

Information about Garayev is divided into periods of his life and work. Each period has its own colour, so you can easily navigate through the flat.

Garayev was a student of Shostakovich, who is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century and whose music is heavily indebted to the music of his native Azerbaijan.

He wrote ballets, including Seven Beauties (1952) and The Path of Thunder (1957); an opera Motherland (co-authored with J. Hajiyev (1945); three symphonies (1943, 1946, 1964); a symphonic poem, Leyli and Majnun (1947); Albanian Rhapsody (1952); Don Quixote Symphonic Engravings (1960); 24 Preludes for Piano (1951-1963); a Violin Concerto (1967); incidental film music, Fires of Baku (1951), The Conqueror of the Sea (1965), and many other works.

Garayev also loved film photography and motorcycles. These hobbies are reflected on a special stand installed in the museum.

Another touching moment is Garayev's letters to children, which are worth reading.

You can also listen to music from Don Quixote, which accompanies the atmosphere. There are many posters, notes and publications, as well as a video installation on the wall where you can see how the composer grew up and evolved.

Gara Garayev emerged as a groundbreaking twentieth-century modern composer, whose works appeared in many concert halls of the world, including countries of the former Soviet Union, Europe, and the United States.

 

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