Abdylas Maldybaev

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Abdylas Maldybaev, as shown on the Kyrgyz 1 som note.

Abdylas Maldybaevich Maldybaev (Kyrgyz: Абдылас Малдыбаев) (1906 – 1978) was a Kyrgyz composer, actor, and operatic tenor singer. Maldybaev was one of the composers of the state anthem of the Kirghiz SSR and is still renowned for his operatic composition. He helped popularize Kyrgyz music by skillfully using Western European techniques. The Kyrgyz one som banknote pictures him.

Maldybayev provided folk melodies and composed music which was organized and prepared by Russian composers Vladimir Vlasov and Vladimir Fere into six Soviet state opera and other works. Their first full opera was Ai-churek.[1] The collective is usually hyphenated as Vlasov-Fere-Maldybayev, which also composed the Kirghiz national anthem.[2]


  • Ai-Churek, opera in four acts after an episode of the "Manas Epos" (1938-1939) Libretto: D. Tursubekov, D. Bokonbaev and K. Malikov. First performance in 1939 in Frunze.
  • The History of Happiness, cantata after V. Vinnikov (1949)
  • On the Banks of Issyk-Kula, opera after K. Bayalinov and V. Vinnikov (1950)
  • Toktogul, opera (1958)

His work has been recorded and issued on media including:

  • Ai-Churek, LP Melodiya D 07269-74: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Kirghiz State Theatre Opera & Ballet, Dzhumakhmatov (conductor), 1938
  • On the Banks of Issyk-Kul, LP Melodiya D 2253-4: Radio Orchestra, Tselikovsky (conductor), S. Kiyzbayeva (soprano), K. Chodronov (bass), 1950
  • Toktogul, LP Melodiya D 4610-1: (Fragments) Chorus and Orchestra of the Khirgiz State Theatre Opera & Ballet, Dzhumakhmatov (conductor), 1958[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Journal of the American Musicological Society, Volume 51. 1998. 
  2. ^ Maes, Francis (2002). A history of Russian music: from Kamarinskaya to Babi Yar. 
  3. ^ van Rijen, Onno (2006). "Vladimir Vlasov". Retrieved 10 January 2011.