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Khachaturian - Song-poem for violin and piano

Khachaturian - Song-poem for violin and piano. You can download the PDF sheet music Khachaturian - Song-poem for violin and piano on this page.
The Song-Poem dedication "In honour of the Ashugs" refers to the itinerant bards to be found in the Caucasus and such middle eastern countries as Iran. The piano introduction immediately evokes the playing of such plucked string instruments as the kanun, an improvisatory style not dissimilar to that of the gypsy dulcimer - undoubtedly more rural in sound than what may be heard in Khachaturian's earlier pieces. Yet, combined with the improvisatory lines and the use of the violin's harmonics to evoke a folk instrument, there is still a deal of Ravel's harmonic poignancy in the mix, both a reflection of Khachaturian's admiration of that composer but also conveniently making the music accessible to a "classical" audience who in Khachaturian's time would not have been so familiar with such ethnic music.

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Instrument part: 2 pages. 411 K


Piano part: 9 pages. 2129 K


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The Song-Poem for violin, was composed just a few weeks after he had enrolled with the Moscow Conservatory - in 1929. In the summer before he joined the Conservatory, Khachaturian spent time in rural Armenia while composing music for the Drama Studio of the House of Armenian Culture. During that trip he heard rural folk music, the influence of which can be heard in the Song-Poem. One can also hear a new level of mastery, and a haunting quality in Khachaturian's evocation of rural Armenian music-making, however stylized.
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