Geghuni Hovannesi Chitchian

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Geghuni Hovannesi Chitchian (Armenian: Գեղունի Չիտչյան; Russian: Гегуни Оганесовна Читчян; born 30 August 1929) is an Armenian composer. She was born in Leninakan and studied at the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yerevan. She continued her studies in composition with Grigor Yeghiazarian at the Komitas Conservatory from 1947–53.[1]

After graduating, Chitchian worked as a music teacher and composer, and was accepted into the Armenian Composers’ Union in 1955. In 1971 she took a position teaching at the Komitas Conservatory. She has been active in competitions and became an Honoured Representative of the Arts in 1980.[2][3]

Works[edit]

Chitchian composes for chamber ensemble, instruments, choral and vocal performance and often incorporates folkloristic elements into her works. She also writes didactic music for children. Selected works include:

  • String Quartet, 1951
  • Sonata violincello, pianoforte, 1952
  • Children’s Suite, orchestra, 1956
  • Ballet Suite, orchestra, 1957
  • Yeritasardakan (Youth), orchestra, 1960
  • 7 Pictures For Children, orchestra, 1964
  • Children’s Pictures, pianoforte, 1966
  • Bari lujs! (Hello Morning!), orchestra, 1967
  • Pieces, tpt, pianoforte 1970
  • Syuite, violin ensemble, 1970
  • Haykakan khorakandakner (Armenian Bas-Reliefs), pianoforte, 1972
  • Ensembles, pianoforte 4 hands, 1976
  • Violin Concerto, 1976
  • Pieces, tpt, pianoforte, 1977
  • 2 Pieces, woodwind quintet, 1977
  • Sonata, tpt, pianoforte, 1979
  • Pieces, ud, shvi, qānūn, 1981–5
  • Sonata, violincello, 1983
  • Pianoforte Concerto ‘Youthful’, 1984
  • Sonata, viola, pianoforte, 1986
  • Sonatina, pianoforte, 1987
  • Chamber Symphony, string orchestra, 1988
  • An Album for Children, pianoforte, 1990
  • Sonata, ud, pianoforte, 1990
  • Im Hayastan (My Armenia) (cantata, G. Sar'ian, M. Markaraian), 1959
  • Hayreni k'arer (Native Stones) (suite, S. Kaputikian), 1966
  • Tarva yeghanakner (The Seasons) (cantata, S. Kharazian, P. Mikaelian, Sarmen), 1972
  • Anhayt zimvor'e (The Unknown Soldier) (poem-epitaph, S. Muradian), 1975
  • Dzon Hayrenikin (An Ode to the Homeland) (Muradian), 1976
  • Ashnan terev (An Autumn Leaf) (Ts. Shogents), 1977
  • Hayots dzar'e (The Tree of Armenia) (poem, Muradian), 1980
  • 5 Songs (H. Shiraz), violin, pianoforte, 1955
  • 5 Songs (Ye. Charents), violin, pianoforte 1957
  • Siro yerger (Songs of Love) (song cycle, Kaputikian), violin, pianoforte, 1961
  • Concerto, violin, orchestra, 1963
  • 5 Songs (P. Sevak), violin, pianoforte, 1964
  • Ejer Isahakyantis (Isahakian Verses) (song cycle, A. Isahakian), violin, pianoforte, 1975
  • Yerku shshuk (2 Whispers) (song cycle, V. Davtian), violin, pianoforte, 1979
  • The Mountain Declined (H. Saghian), violin, pianoforte, 1981
  • 4 Songs (Safarian), violin, pianoforte, 1993
  • Surb hogi (The Sacred Soul) (song cycle, Bishop Nerses Pozapalian), violin, pianoforte, 1995[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hixon, Donald L.; Hennessee, Don A. (1993). Women in music: an encyclopedic biobibliography: Volume 1. 
  2. ^ a b "Chitchian, Geghuni Hovannesi". Retrieved 13 January 2011. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (2001). The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians: Volume 5.