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Nature sings in Komitas songs

 

 

Each meeting of the graduate students and staff of the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia with the composer, Komitasologist Arthur Shahnazaryan is a real event. During these meetings, the composer presents Komitas and his work in the context of the history, culture, past and present of the Armenian people, trying to show the place and role of the greatest Armenian not only in music but also in preserving our identity and our kind. Although Komitas, like other composers, did not write symphonies, operas and ballets, his work is not comparable to that of others. Because Komitas has done something “different” in another dimension, he has “excavated” music from the sounds of nature and elevated our culture to a world level.  

This is what Arthur Shahnazaryan was talking about during his regular meeting on December 12. Although the occasion was the 150th anniversary of Komitas, the story has been around for millennia, as the songs that Komitas has collected and written down from virtually every village in Armenia come from millennia-old depths.

Songs like the ones that were discovered and written down by Komitas also had other nations, ”Komitasologist said. – They just didn’t have Komitas … In his songs one can see the image of the Armenian man, the culture of the Armenian people not only of the Christian but also of the pre-Christian era and even before that… Komitas tried to find the law of nature in music. Those songs that the villager sang in the villages are not his songs, nature sings in them. Through these songs Komitas tried to find a new harmony, a new law of nature.”

Komitas recorded 1,500 songs, but so far only 200 of them have been performed. These songs show the life of the Armenian people – from birth to marriage, from work to love … Since they sang about everything they did. Komitas recorded all the manifestations of the civilization of the Armenian people.

“We need Komitas to return to our true kind if we, of course, have that desire,” said the composer. ” We need Komitas to regain our identity.”

Combining his speech with songs, Arthur Shahnazaryan tried to show how a genuine, nature-born song should sound like.

After all, it was probably not easy to perform “Horovel” in the presence of the composer, but Ghazaros Teknejyan, MA student in Law at the Public Administration Academy, dared. Moreover, he received Arthur Shahnazaryan’s praise.

 

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