Sergei Artemyevich Balasanyan

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Sergei Artemyevitch Balassanjan ( Russian Сергей Артемьевич Баласанян * August 13 . Jul / 26. August  1902 greg. In Ashgabat ; † 3. June 1982 in Moscow ) was a Soviet composer of Armenian descent.

After studying in Tbilisi , Leningrad and with Dmitri Kabalewski in Moscow, Balasanjan worked for radio. He was involved in founding the Tajik Opera and Ballet Theater in Dushanbe , which opened in 1937. With Der Wose-Aufstand ( Shurishi Wose ), performed in 1939, Balasanjan composed the first Tajik national opera from forms of Armenian and Tajik music . Since 1948 he was a composition teacher at the Moscow Conservatory .

Balassanjan also used material from Afghan, Indian and Indonesian folk music in his works. In addition to four operas and two ballets , piano works, choirs, songs , stage and film music, he composed numerous programmatic orchestral works.


Stage works

  • Восстание Восе - The Wose Uprising (1939), opera
  • Лейли и Меджнун (1947/1956/1964), ballet

Orchestral works

  • Tajik Suite (1943)
  • Armenian Rhapsody (1944)
  • Pamir (1944)
  • Seven Armenian Songs (1955)
  • Afghan Suite (1956)
  • The islands of Indonesia (1960)
  • Rhapsody on Themes by Rabindranath Tagore (1961)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Ernst Stöckl:  Balasanjan, Sergej Artem'evič. In: Ludwig Finscher (Hrsg.): The music in past and present . Second edition, personal section, volume 2 (Bagatti - Bizet). Bärenreiter / Metzler, Kassel et al. 1999, ISBN 3-7618-1112-8  ( online edition , subscription required for full access)