Winter 2003 (11.4)
The opera opens with a
description of the beauty of Shusha with a backdrop of the Caucasus
Mountains. Suddenly the drama shifts to the town being enveloped
in flames. "You know," says Adigozal, "Shusha
was burned three times by the Armenians-in 1905, 1918 and 1992.
It's impossible to forget Karabakh, but I see people's attitudes
changing, and I'm deeply concerned about it. We cannot be calm.
We have already lost too much of our territory. No one will help
us get Karabakh back. We must act ourselves. It seems none of
the major nations of the world are willing to address this matter
on a deep level."
Adigozal: Remembering Natavan from Karabakh
It's nearly 12 years
now that the town of Shusha, located within the region of Nagorno-Karabakh,
has been occupied by Armenian forces. As a result, all Azerbaijanis
had to flee for their lives. They've never been able to return.
Composer Vasif Adigozal, who comes from a line of musicians from
that town, doesn't want to forget this tragedy, and he's using
opera as a venue to impress upon music lovers that they shouldn't
Adigozal's opera "Natavan" opened on December 7, 2003,
and was dedicated to the 170th Jubilee of Natavan (1832-1897),
who is recognized as a poetess and leading intellectual and humanitarian
of her time. For Azerbaijanis, the association between Natavan
and Karabakh is immediate.
Below: Scenes from Vasif Adigozal's new opera,
Natavan, which opened on December 7, 2003. Vasif Adigozal's son,
Yalchin, conducted the Azerbaijan State Symphony. Khuraman Gasimova
and Hasan Enami had the leading operatic roles.
This is not the first time that Vasif has written a musical work
related to Karabakh. In the early 1990s, he also wrote a cantata
entitled "Karabakh Shikastasi", based on lyrics by
poet Teymur Elchin.
Vasif Adigozal (b.1935) is a "People's Artist of Azerbaijan",
Professor at the Baku Music Academy and the Head of the Composers
Union. He is recognized as a prolific composer, having a huge
portfolio in all genres of music, including large operatic, choral
and symphonic works as well as piano pieces, songs and romances.
To listen to music samples of some Adigozal's other works-his
Piano Concerto and Preludes from the "Classical Music of
Azerbaijan" CD set, click MUSIC at AZER.com. These CDs,
plus his newly released CD-24 Preludes (see page 53) are available
at the AI Store located at AZER.com.
Aida Huseinova, musicologist
at Baku Music Academy, contributed to this article. n
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