CULTURE


Maestro Niyazi - one of greatest conductors of Azerbaijani classical music

Baku, March 16, AZERTAC

Maestro Niyazi, who was born on August 20, 1912 in Tbilisi in the family of the famous composer of his time Zulfugar Hajibayli (Uzeyir Hajibayli’s brother, also a famous composer), is originally from Shusha.

He is an author of "Khosrov and Shirin" opera (1942), "Zagatala suite" (1934), "Return" (1939), "Concert waltz" symphonic works, "Rast" symphonic mugham (1949) , the "Dance Suite for Symphony Orchestra", the ballet "Chitra" (1962) based on the works of Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore (1962) and other musical works.

He prepared new editions of the works "Arshin mal alan (Cloth Peddler)", worked for the symphony orchestra of Azerbaijani folk songs ("Khumar oldum", "Qaragila", "Ay bari bax", "Kuchalara su sapmisham", etc.).

Niyazi, one of the authors of the first symphonic works in Azerbaijani music, played an important role in the formation and development of national symphony.

He was appointed artistic director and chief conductor of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater.

Niyazi's "Concert Waltz", symphonic works, concertos for orchestra with piano are considered masterpiece of classical music.

Having conducted in the symphonic orchestras in Prague, Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, New York, Paris, Istanbul, London, Tehran, Beijing, etc., Niyazi made Azerbaijani classical music world-famous.

Niyazi left a deep mark on the culture of Azerbaijan and the entire Turkic world, combining such features as patriotism and humanism at the same time, conducting works of Azerbaijani, Turkish and foreign composers in different countries, glorifying them all over the world.

The name of Niyazi is always treated with love, both in Azerbaijan and in Turkey.

Maestro Niyazi died on August 2, 1984 in the city of Baku.

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