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The 5th  Qara Qarayev  international                                                            
contemporary music  Festival          Baku, Azerbaijan, 14-19 April 2013


The Fifth International Festival of Contemporary Music
named after Qara Qarayev opened in Baku


Ceremonial opening of The Fifth International Festival of Contemporary Music named after Qara Qarayev was held on April 14 in Azerbaijan State Philharmony named after Muslim Magomayev dedicated to Qara Qarayev’s 95 Anniversary.

Guests were able to visit exhibition in the lobby featuring archive photos, drawings and books dedicated to Qara Qarayev before the concert.

Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Adalet Veliyev opened the event. He underlined in his introductory speech that Qara Qarayev created classic patterns of Azerbaijani music and he is the founder of specific composers’ school. Dmitry Shostakovich’s favorite student, Qarayev raised over 70 bright musicians who continue his way worthily. Amongst them Arif Melikov, Khayam Mirzazadeh, Faraj Karaev, Frangiz Alizadeh, Ismail Hajibeyov, Jalal Abbasov should be mentioned.

State symphonic orchestra of Azerbaijan named after Uzeir Hajibeyov conducted by professor Rauf Abdullayev took part in the opening concert. The Ninth symphony by Dmitry Shostakovich — great teacher of the composer and Quasi uno concerto by Qara Qarayev and Faraj Karaev for violin with orchestra were also performed in the first part of the concert. Stanislav Malishev, soloist of Moscow “Studio for New Music” ensemble brilliantly performed the violin part.

Faraj Karaev: «History of creation of Quasi uno concerto is following: In 1960 Qara Qarayev composed Sonata for violin and piano. This musical piece turned to be one of the first works where composer walked away from the intonations associated with folk music. In 2007 I got back to this music and made violin transposition for symphonic orchestra which was named Quasi uno concerto.

At the start of the second part of the concert, musical expert Jahangir Selimkhanov outlined the scope of Qara Qarayev’s personality, touching upon the edges of talents of outstanding composer who succeeded in creation of classic patterns of Azerbaijanian music highly evaluated worldwide.

Two musical compositions — symbolic for Qara Qarayev were performed in the second part: The Second Symphony by his student Khayam Mirzazadeh and symphonic poem Pines of Rome by Оttоrino Respighi. Respectable representative of Qarayev’s school Xayam Mirzazadeh greatly contributed in Azerbaijanian musical art. Second symphony called by composer “Triptych” was composed in 1970. Three worlds of images were fancifully formed into the sole large scale picture. As the performance finished audience gave stormy applauses to composer who despite his health problems attended the concert. The evening drew to the end by triumphant performance of exotic Pines of Rome which score was highly appreciated by Qara Qarayev.

Festival will take place between 14-19 of April involving famous musicians and ensembles from Austria, France, Germany, Russia, Holland. Along with Qara Qarayev’s compositions music admirers will be able to listen to musical pieces by Shostakovich, Ligeti, Berio, Cage, Sciarrino, Schoenberg, Jarrell, Ferneyhough and others representing the best pieces of contemporary academic music. Festival is promising to be remarkable event in musical life of Baku.

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