Collection : [Arménie - 3 Disques]

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[Arménie - 3 Disques]
Depositor / contributor
Alemchah, Kourkene M. et Komitas (contrib.)
Document status
Recording context
A préciser
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Disques Alemchah
Publisher reference
N°331 à 336
Legal rights
Restreint (enregistrement édité)

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Old code
Mode of acquisition
Don (de l'éditeur, cf. note *)
Record author
Aude Julien (voir note*)
Secondary edition
Mode d'acquisition : Don Alemchah (1934).
Cette collection regroupe 3 disques cotés :

Les chants de cette collection ont été composés par deux copositeurs arméniens différents :
- Kourkène Alemshah (Alemchah) est né le 22 mai 1907. Après de brillantes études musicales à Milan de 1924 à 1930. il passe maître dans la composition des lieder arméniens (de courtes compositions pour une voix accompagné au piano ou par un ensemble instrumental).
Ses œuvres sont réputées pour leur spontanéité autant que pour leur originalité.
En 1942 il prend la direction de la Chorale Sipan-Komitas et décède prématurément le 14 décembre 1947 lors d’une tournée aux Etats-Unis.

- [R.P. Komitas=] Soghomon Soghomonian was born in Turkey to Armenian parents, who sent him to a monastery in Armenia as a boy. Here he learned the rudiments of music and here he first grew to love traditional Armenian music: religious chants, folk songs. In the early 1890s, he started writing his own music with considerable difficulty at first, little-trained as he was. He took minor religious orders in 1894 and selected the name Komitas for himself (the original Komitas was a famous Armenian Medieval musician). His work with folk songs was already at this time attracting attention and by 1895, a published volume of them appeared. He felt an acute need for formal training in Western music (as opposed to Armenian traditional music, which is a very different beast indeed) and he studied at the University of Berlin, also taking private music lessons on the side from 1896 until shortly before the new century. He traveled to many cities -- Constantinople, Alexandria, Cairo, among others -- over the course of the next 20 years, bringing traditional Armenian music to displaced Armenian populations, organizing musical events, and forming choirs of Armenian singers. But the slaughter of thousands of Armenians throughout the Ottoman Empire in 1915 left him a broken man and he spent most of his remaining 20 years a virtual invalid. The first decade-and-a-half of the twentieth century saw a prolific outpouring of music from Komitas. There were volumes and volume of folk music and one choral piece after another, all a cappella, most secular, not sacred, Armenian texts. He also composed several dozen songs for voice and piano. Komitas' music is a fascinating melting pot of traditional Armenian music, much of it centuries old, and more "proper" Western counterpoint and form.
The man who went by the name Komitas was an Armenian composer, conductor, and folk music collector who was born Soghomon Soghomonian in 1869. He died in Paris in 1935, having in his 66 years of life collected (literally) thousands and thousands of folk songs and authored many dozen choral and vocal music works of his own. He was never very widely known outside Armenian circles, but Armenians from Constantinople to Cairo, and everywhere in-between, knew him and his work well.

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Disque 78 t, Ø 25 cm


Title Digitized Recordist Location Year of recording Code
Hoi nar Disque01_FaceA_01 Arménie CNRSMH_E_1934_007_001_001_01
J'ai aimé Disque01_FaceB_02 Arménie CNRSMH_E_1934_007_001_001_02
Khoumar Disque02_FaceA_01 Arménie CNRSMH_E_1934_007_001_002_01
Clair de lune Disque02_FaceB_02 Arménie CNRSMH_E_1934_007_001_002_02
CHant pour battre le blé Disque03_FaceA_01 Arménie CNRSMH_E_1934_007_001_003_01
Chant pour battre le blé Disque03_FaceB_02 Arménie CNRSMH_E_1934_007_001_003_02