Arno Babajanian

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Arno Babajanian
Առնո Բաբաջանյան
Background information
Born (1921-01-22)January 22, 1921
Yerevan, Armenia
Died November 11, 1983(1983-11-11) (aged 62)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Occupation(s) Composer, pianist
Years active 1952-1983

Arno Babajanian (Armenian: Առնո Բաբաջանյան) (January 22, 1921 – November 11, 1983) was an Armenian composer and pianist during the Soviet era.


Babajanian was born in Yerevan, Armenia. By age 5, his extraordinary musical talent was clearly apparent, and the composer Aram Khachaturian suggested that the boy be given proper music training. Two years later, in 1928 at the age of 7, Babajanian entered the Yerevan State Musical Conservatory. In 1938, he continued his studies in Moscow with Vissarion Shebalin. He later returned to Yerevan, where from 1950–1956 he taught at the conservatory. It was during this period (1952) that he wrote the Piano Trio in f# sharp minor. It received immediate acclaim and was regarded as a masterpiece from the time of its premiere. Subsequently, he undertook concert tours throughout the Soviet Union and Europe. In 1971, he was named a People’s Artist of the Soviet Union. As a composer, Babajanian was active in most genres and even wrote many popular songs in collaboration with the leading poets such as Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Robert Rozhdestvensky among others. Much of Babajanian’s music is rooted in Armenian folk music and folklore. But generally, the way in which he uses Armenian folk music is in the virtuosic style of Rachmaninov and Khachaturian. His later works were influenced by Prokofiev and Bartók. Praised by Dmitri Shostakovich as a "brilliant piano teacher", Babajanian was also a noted pianist and often performed his own works in concerts.

Popular Songs

  • "Noktyurn" ("Ноктюрн")
  • "Verni mne muziku" (""Верни мне музыку")
  • "Koroleva krasoty" ("Королева красоты")
  • "Svadba" ("Свадьба")
  • "Luchshyj gorod Zemli" ("Лучший город Земли")
  • "Blagodaryu tebya" ("Благодарю тебя")
  • "Chertovo koleso" ("Чертово колесо")
  • "Serdce Na Snegu" ("Сердце на снегу")
  • "Golubaya Tayga" ("Голубая тайга")


He received the Stalin Prize of 1950 for his Heroic Ballade for piano with orchestra and the Order of the Red Banner of Labour.[1]

People's Artist of the Armenian SSR (1956) and Soviet Union (1971). He was a laureate of Stalin Prize (1951) and two Armenian SSR State Prizes (1967, 1983).

A minor planet, 9017 Babadzhanyan, was named after him.[2]


Selected songs composed by Babajanian

  • "Luchshiy Gorod Zemli" ("Лучший город Земли", "The Best City on Earth", about Moscow), originally performed by Jean Tatlian and made a classic by Muslim Magomaev[3]


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  3. Artemy Troitsky. Артемий Троицкий о песнях о Москве. Cosmopolitan (in Russian) (September 2010). Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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