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133rd anniversary of Uzeyir Hajibeyov

Uzeyir bey Abdul Hussein oglu Hajibeyov – was an Azerbaijani and Soviet composer, conductor, scientist, publicist, playwright, teacher, translator, and social figure. He is recognized as the father of Azerbaijani classical music and opera. Uzeyir Hajibeyov composed music for the national anthem of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (also the anthem of the modern Republic of Azerbaijan) as well as the state anthem of Azerbaijan SSR.He also composed the anthem used by Azerbaijan during the Soviet period. He was the first composer of an opera in the Islamic world.

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 Uzeyir Hajibeyov (1885-1948) is considered as one of the most brilliant and beloved composers in post soviet space and he is well known in the West too.He has been compared with the giants of Soviet music including composers such as Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Kachaturian, Kabelevski and Jerinski. Some would even suggest that “he led the pack”.

The city of Shusha used to be famous for its annual “Mugam Festivals” where the musical tradition of mugams was performed outdoors near the gigantic statue to the memory of Hajibeyov whose birthplace was near Shusha. Hajibeyov is remembered for his dedication in preserving this music that has been played in Azerbaijan for hundreds of years. He devoted his life to guarantee that the nuances of mugam music would not be lost to future generations.       Continue Reading