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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.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Steinway, Model D


Armyanskiye narodnïye tantsï (Armenian Folk Dances) () (00:26:00 )
No. 1. Findjan * (00:01:48)
No. 2. Faten Kitam * (00:01:40)
No. 3. Rangi * (00:01:59)
No. 4. 3 Round Dances: Kyandrabz - Vard Koshikes - Shavali * (00:04:01)
No. 5. Dyuz Par * (00:02:17)
No. 6. Round Dance of Gyumri * (00:03:35)
No. 7. Round Dance of the Erzrumi * (00:02:28)
No. 8. Dance, "Daghstani" * (00:01:09)
No. 9. Back and Forth * (00:02:48)
No. 10. Ver-ver * (00:02:41)
No. 11. Zourni Trngi * (00:01:32)
Bayati-kurd, Op. 2 () * (00:10:17)
Bayati-shiraz, Op. 3 () * (00:08:24)
Heydari, Op. 5 (version for piano) () * (00:03:30)
Shakhnaz, Op. 6 (version for piano) () * (00:07:27)
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 and producer. He is also the founder and artistic director of the music project Secrets of Armenia, which aims to increase international awareness of Armenian classical music, and actively organises concerts featuring Armenian music in venues around the world, for which he is producer, artistic director and pianist. Born in 1984 in Yerevan, Armenia, he studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, and continues to uphold the performing traditions of the Russian piano school, of which Konstantin Igumnov, Samuel Feinberg and Lev Oborin are luminaries. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary and includes rarely performed works by Armenian composers. His recording of Eduard Bagdasarian’s piano and violin music [GP664] earned a five-star rating from International Piano, and his album of Haro Stepanian’s 24 Preludes [GP760] was praised as a “discovery” by both Classica and Piano News.

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.