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KOMITAS (1869–1935)

Songs (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano)


  • Yulia Ayrapetyan, piano

Komitas was a priest, a musician and a pioneer of ethnomusicology, considered to be the founder of the Armenian national school of music. A significant part of his life was taken up with travel to remote villages, collecting thousands of traditional songs. These range from simple melodies and poetic sketches of Armenian landscapes, to dramatic lyrics expressing mournful tragedy. Komitas was enthralled by the way ‘a peasant learns this art in nature’s embrace, with nature as his infallible school.’ Heard here in world première recordings, these idiomatic arrangements by Villy Sargsyan importantly preserve the composer’s modal-intonational system.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Steinway, Model D. 274

Tracklist

1
Chinar es, keṙanal mi (You Are Tall Like a Plane Tree, Do Not Bow Down) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1906) (00:02:34)
2
Kuzhn aṙa (I Took A Jug) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1910) (00:01:33)
3
Akh, Maral djan (Ah, Dear Maral) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1899) (00:02:00)
4
Antuni (Song of the Homeless) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1906) (00:04:51)
5
Shogher djan (Dear Shogher) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1907) (00:01:20)
6
Kak'avi erg (Song of the Partridge) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1908) (00:00:55)
7
Kanche, kṙunk (Crane, Sing!) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:03:26)
8
Es saren kugayi (I Returned from the Mountain) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:01:41)
9
Erkink'n ampel ē (The Sky is Cloudy) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1906) (00:02:54)
10
Dsirani dsaṙ (Apricot Tree) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1906) (00:02:33)
11
Garun a (It is Spring) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1906) (00:02:36)
12
Hov arek' (Send a Breeze, Dear Mountains) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1906) (00:03:47)
13
K'ele, k'ele (March, March) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:01:43)
14
Hoy, Nazan (Oh, Nazan) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:01:35)
15
Dsedseṙnak (The Swallow) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1898) (00:02:04)
16
Le, le yaman (Love Song) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:01:16)
17
Kṙunk (The Crane) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:02:35)
18
Mani asem (I Will Tell Fortunes) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1905) (00:00:35)
19
Dsaghik asem (I Will Tell Flowers) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1905) (00:00:36)
20
Matnik'e matovs chēr (The Ring was not My Size) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1901) (00:01:26)
21
Al dzin naln inch kane (What Good is a Horseshoe?) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1905) (00:01:02)
22
Alagyaz (sarn ampel a) (Alagyaz is Covered with Clouds) (3rd setting) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:01:22)
23
Khnki dsaṙ (Incense Tree) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:00:34)
24
Chem kṙna khagha (I cannot Dance) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1908) (00:00:53)
25
Maron a kayne (There Stands Maro) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1905) (00:01:13)
26
Orôr (Lullaby) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1905) (00:01:50)
27
Ampel a kamar-kamar (The Clouds Formed Arches) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:01:08)
28
Lorik (The Quail) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1899) (00:02:46)
29
Habrban (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1906) (00:01:48)
30
Alagyaz (bardzr sarin) (On High Mount Alagyaz) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:02:22)
31
Garun (Spring) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1907) (00:04:17)
32
K'eler, tsoler (He Walked Radiant) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1906) (00:02:31)
33
Zulo (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1899) (00:02:58)
34
Zinch u zinch (What, oh What) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:01:06)
35
Al aylukhs (My Scarlet Kerchief) (arr. V. Sargsyan for piano) (1911) (00:01:56)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:09:46

The Artist(s)

Yulia Ayrapetyan Yulia Ayrapetyan is a US-based pianist, producer and pedagogue. She has attracted international recognition for her exceptional artistry, displaying striking assurance, imagination, artistic approach, and remarkable consistency in the musical integrity and creative insight of her performances. Born in 1988 in Bryansk, Russia, she studied in Moscow, and continues to uphold the performing traditions of the Russian piano school. Her repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary and includes rarely performed works by Armenian composers. She performed the US, Chinese, Europe, Russian and Armenian premieres of forgotten Armenian piano music, which she rediscovered. She actively supports and participates in recordings and concerts for her husband Mikael Ayrapetyan’s project, Secrets of Armenia.

The Composer(s)

Komitas was one of the first Armenian musicians to undergo classical Western musical training, in Berlin, in addition to music education in his own country. He was educated in a theological seminary in Vagharshapat, and ordained a priest in 1894. A gifted singer, he studied liturgical singing and early Armenian chant notation. He also developed a keen interest in folksong, and collected melodies which he would then harmonise for choral performance. He published both folksong collections and writings on Armenian church melodies, and his work laid the foundations for the development of a clearly defined national musical style. He moved to Constantinople in 1910, a city with a significant Armenian population, and continued to compose (predominantly vocal music), conduct and research.