Tigran Mansurian

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Tigran Mansurian

Tigran Yeghiayi Mansurian (Armenian: Տիգրան Մանսուրյան; born 27 January 1939) is a leading Armenian composer of classical music and film scores.[1][2]


He was born in Beirut; his family moved to Armenia in 1947 and settled in Yerevan in 1956, where he was educated.[3] He studied first at the Romanos Melikian Music School under the Armenian composer Edvard Baghdasaryan and later at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory.[4][5] His "Monodia" album was nominated for the 2005 Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)" and "Best Classical Contemporary Composition."[6]

Tigran Mansurian in San Francisco, 2015


  • Tigran Mansurian: String Quartets - Rosamunde Quartett (ECM 1905)
  • Tigran Mansurian: "…and then I was in time again", Lachrymae, Confessing with FaithKim Kashkashian, viola; Jan Garbarek, soprano saxophone; The Hilliard Ensemble; Christoph Poppen, conductor; Münchener Kammerorchester. (CD ECM 1850/51)
  • Tigran Mansurian: Havik, Duet for viola and percussionKim Kashkashian, viola; Robyn Schulkowsky, percussion; Tigran Mansurian, piano, voice. (CD ECM 1754)
  • Tigran Mansurian: Quasi parlando - Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Anja Lechner, violonchello; Amsterdam sinfonietta; Candida Thompson. (ECM new series 2323)


Mansurian's compositions range from large scale orchestral works to individual art songs. He also composed several film scores between 1968 and 1980.[7]


  • The Snow Queen (ballet in two acts with a scenario by Vilen Galstyan, after the story by Hans Christian Andersen), 1989


  • Concerto, for organ and small orchestra, 1964
  • Partita, for large orchestra, 1965
  • Music for Twelve Strings, 1966
  • Preludes, for large orchestra, 1975
  • To the Memory of Dmitry Shostakovich, for cello and large orchestra, 1976
  • Canonical Ode, for harp, organ and 2 string orchestras, 1977
  • Concerto No. 2, for cello and string orchestra, 1978
  • Double Concerto, for violin, cello and string orchestra, 1978
  • Tovem, for small orchestra, 1979
  • Nachtmusik, for large orchestra, 1980
  • Because I Do Not Hope (in memory of Igor Stravinsky), for small orchestra, 1981
  • Concerto, for violin and string orchestra, 1981
  • Concerto No. 3, for cello and small orchestra, 1983
  • Postludio Concerto, for clarinet, cello, string orchestra, 1993
  • Concerto, for viola, and string orchestra, 1995
  • Fantasy, for piano, string orchestra, 2003
  • Ubi est Abel frater tuus? Concerto No.4, for cello and small orchestra, 2010

Chamber music[edit]

  • Sonata, for viola and piano, 1962
  • Sonata, for flute and piano, 1963
  • Sonata No. 1, for violin, piano, 1964
  • Allegro barbaro, for solo cello, 1964
  • Sonata No. 2, for violin and piano, 1965
  • Piano Trio, for violin, cello, and piano, 1965
  • Psalm, for two flutes and violin, 1966
  • Interior, for string quartet, 1972
  • Silhouette of a Bird, for harpsichord and percussion, 1971–73
  • Sonata No. 1, for cello and piano, 1973
  • Sonata No. 2, for cello and piano, 1974
  • Wind Quintet, for flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, 1974
  • The Rhetorician, for flute, violin, double bass, and harpsichord, 1978
  • Capriccio, for solo cello, 1981
  • String Quartet No. 1, 1983–84
  • String Quartet No. 2, 1984
  • Five Bagatelles, for violin, cello, and piano, 1985
  • Tombeau, for cello and percussion, 1988
  • Postludio, for clarinet and cello, 1991-92 (also has a concerto version)
  • String Quartet No. 3, 1993
  • Concerto, for English horn, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, and trombones, 1995
  • Hommage à Anna Akhmatova, for bass clarinet, qanun (zither), viola, and marimba, 1997
  • Duo, for viola and percussion, 1998
  • Dance, for viola and percussion, 1998
  • Lacrimae, for soprano saxophone and viola, 1999;
  • Lamento, for violin, 2002 (also has version for viola)
  • Three Medieval Taghs, for viola and percussion, 1998–2004
  • Testament, for string quartet, 2004
  • Ode an den Lotus (Ode to the Lotus) for viola solo, 2012


  • Sonatina No. 1, 1963
  • Petite Suite, 1963
  • Sonata No. 1, 1967
  • Miniatures, 1969
  • Three Pieces, 1970–71
  • Nostalgia, 1976
  • Three Pieces for the Low Keys, 1979
  • Sonatina No. 2, 1987



  • Three Romances, for mezzo-soprano and piano, 1966 (text by Federico García Lorca, translated into Armenian by Hamo Sahyan)
  • Four Hayrens for mezzo-soprano (or viola) and piano, 1967 (text by Nahapet Kuchak)
  • Intermezzo, for soprano and ensemble, 1972-73 (text by Vladimir Holan), score lost)
  • I am Giving You a Rose, for soprano, flute, cello, and piano, 1974 (text by Matevos Sarifyan)
  • Three Nairian Songs, for baritone and large orchestra, 1975–76 (text by Vahan Teryan)
  • Three Madrigals, for soprano, flute, cello, piano, 1974–81 (text by Razmik Davoyan),
  • Sunset Songs, for soprano and piano, 1984–85 (a song-cycle to text by Hamo Sahyan)
  • The Land of Nairi for soprano and piano, 1986 (a song-cycle to text by Vahan Teryan),
  • Miserere, for soprano and string orchestra, 1989 (texts by Saint Mesrob based on the Bible in Armenian translation)
  • Madrigal IV, for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and tubular bells, 1991 (text by Alicia Kirakosyan)
  • Requiem, for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus and string orchestra, 2011

Film scores[edit]

  • The Color of Pomegranates, 1968 (directed by Sergei Parajanov)
  • The Color of Armenian Land, 1968 (directed by Mikhail Vartanov)
  • Autumn Pastoral, 1971 (directed by Mikhail Vartanov)
  • And So Every Day, 1972 (directed by Mikhail Vartanov)
  • We and Our Mountains, 1969 (directed by Henrik Malyan)
  • Osenneye solntse (Autumn Sun), 1979 (directed by Bagrat Oganesyan)
  • Legend of the Clown, 1979 (directed by Levon Asatryan)
  • Ktor me Yerkinq, 1980 (directed by Henrik Malyan)
  • The Tango of Our Childhood, 1984 (directed by Albert Mkrtchyan)


  1. ^ "Tigran Mansurian". ECM Records. Retrieved 17 March 2014. In only a few years he became one of Armenia’s leading composers. 
  2. ^ Swed, Mark (19 January 2009). "Review: The Dilijan series premieres a new Tigran Mansurian work". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Times published article dedicated toTigran Mansurian". Armenpress. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Schott Music, Tigran Mansurian
  5. ^ Pasles, Chris, What stirs deep inside , Los Angeles Times, 20 April 2007
  6. ^ Tigran Mansurian
  7. ^ Works list compiled from The Living Composers Project, Mansurian, Tigran

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