Winter 2001 (9.4)
I'm an ethnomusicologist working at the Azerbaijan National Academy
of Sciences. For more than 20 years of my life, I've been studying
the history and theory of Azeri music culture, especially Azeri
traditional modal music - the mugham. In 1984 I defended my dissertation,
the first ever in Azerbaijan dealing with Azeri mugham from a
scientific point of view.
I have a special interest
in the music and personality of Uzeyir Hajibeyov that you feature
on your new Web site - HAJIBEYOV.com. Since childhood, I've
heard so many stories about him from my aunt, who was his first
student, composer Aghabaji Rezayeva, and her sister, my stepmother,
Rugiyya Rezayeva, who also attended his classes and performed
in the first "Decade of Azerbaijani Music" in Moscow
in 1938 when Hajiybeyov's "Koroghlu" was performed.
You've done such a large and serious work in popularizing Azerbaijani
music and culture via this Web site that it deserves our deepest
respect and gratitude to you and your staff. Thanks.
Editor: The new Web site HAJIBEYOV.com created by Azerbaijan
International magazine celebrates the legacy of the great Azerbaijan's
composer, Uzeyir Hajibeyov. It includes more than 30 samples
of music, plus librettos of some of his major works (such as
"Arshin Mal Alan" and "Koroghlu"), which
are produced here for the first time ever in Azeri Latin and
This site was created in conjunction with the production of the
new seven-CD set - "Koroghlu", "Arshin Mal Alan",
"Mashadi Ibad" ("O Olmasin, Bu Olsun"), and
"Leyli and Majnun" produced by Azerbaijan International
with the sponsorship of Statoil from Norway. Available at AZER.com,
click on AI
(9.4) Winter 2001.
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