Eduard Mirzoyan's Life and Cello Sonata

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2021-12

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The Soviet–Armenian composer Eduard Mirzoyan’s music represents the cultural diversity of Armenian music, which incorporates the features of Middle Eastern and Western music traditions, combining them with Armenian folk elements. The first half of my essay examines Mirzoyan’s achievements as a composer and a public figure, dividing them into three periods of his life. In each period, I will discuss important aspects of his biography, such as his childhood, parents, teachers, and friendships, which played a crucial role in his artistic development. For each period, I will uncover the main characteristics of his musical language, demonstrating the harmonic and structural differences in each period, and how the integration of Russian compositional school training influenced his musical language. At first, the composer’s stylistic changes were disapproved and criticized by Armenian critics, but they later gained international recognition and admiration from foreign audiences and critics. The historical background and analysis of Mirzoyan’s Sonata for Cello and Piano are presented in the second portion of the document. My investigations show that a unique integration of different musical styles and characters skillfully accumulates in every single movement. His expertise in synthesizing Western traditions and Armenian folk elements in the cello sonata emphasizes his distinctive and innovative style.

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Cello Sonata, Armenian Composer, Eduard Mirzoyan, Music, Armenian Folk Music, Hasmik Vardanyan, Cello, Armenia, Soviet Composer

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