Summer 2005 (13.2)
Valikhanli, Director of Azerbaijan's National History Museum,
gave us a thorough tour of the Taghiyev's palatial residence.
With keys in hand, she opened room after room, showing us the
State Dining Room, Children's Nursery, Wife Sona's Boudoir, and
on and on. All were closed to the public as they had been stripped
of their exquisite ornamentation during the Soviet period. Fortunately,
in 1908, Taghiyev had prepared a photo album, documenting the
exquisite imported European furnishings. Hopefully, the new renovation
will open these rooms to the public, too. Pages
(pronounced kva-CHID-ze) is Senior Scientific Researcher at Azerbaijan's
History Museum. He led the first underwater diving explorations
along the Caspian coast in the late 1960s and early 1970s and
is an expert in medieval ceramics. As the Taghiyev's residence
has just closed for renovation again, it was Victor's generosity
and kindness that enabled us to take photos of the Oriental Room.
Arguably, the most exquisite interior design of the Oil Baron
period, without his help, it would have been impossible to take
these photographs featured here. Pages
and her husband Jim of Kansas City consider themselves lucky
to have adopted two handsome children from Azerbaijan in 2001.
But dealing with questions from strangers about adoption can
be intrusive. Kathleen pens her concerns here in one of her first
articles ever to be accepted after she launched her career as
a freelance journalist. Her article, reprinted here, hit big
time by being published in Family Circle magazine, which boasts
a circulation of 5 million. See
page 29. Here Lucas and Rachel are with their mother Kathleen.
||The summer issue
of Azerbaijan International is always the most demanding administratively
because of the annual directories- Bilingual Resource Directory,
Ambassadors and Oil contracts. Gulnar Aydamirova, in our Baku
office, coordinated myriad details gatherin photos, confirming
telephone numbers, Web sites and street names (and, by the way,
just exactly where does that newly named Moscow Avenue begin
and end on the old Tbilisi Avenue?). Credit for coordinating
all these details goes to this bright, self-confident, energetic
young woman. Thanks Gulnar! Pages
96 - 111.
love affair with Azerbaijani music began when he heard the works
Hajibeyov (1885 - 1948). He wanted to learn more about other
composers but little was available in English with the exception
of Azerbaijan International magazine, AZER.com. That gave Matt
the idea to compile his own Dictionary of Azerbaijani Composers.
We found his work impressive and so we're helping with research
in Baku. When published, the dictionary will be a great boost
for Azerbaijan's fine composers internationally. Matt lives in
Harrogate, UK. Contact him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See tribute to the late Haji
Khanmammadov, composer of tar concertos, on page 16.
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