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Ossetia is a region located on both sides of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. The folk music of Ossetia (Ossetian: Ирыстоны музыкæ/Irystony musykæ) began to be collected and recorded in the late 19th and early 20th century. After the Revolution of 1917, professional music appeared in Ossetia and in the following decades, a number of symphonies, ballets, operas and other institutions were formed. There is an Ossetian State Philharmonic. The first Ossetian opera was Kosta, by Christopher Pliev. Ilya Gabaraev is a famous Ossetian composer.
Ossetian folk music began to be collected in the late 19th and early 20th century. Boris Galaev made substantial contribution to the collection and documentation.
Ossetian folk songs were divided into categories:
- Historic songs
- Revolution songs
- Heroic songs
- Worker's songs
- Wedding songs
- Drinking songs
- Humorous songs
- Dance songs
- Love songs
- Lyrical songs
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Valery Gergiev is of Ossetian descend and has since 1978 pursued a notable international career. He currently conducts the Mariinsky Theatre the London Symphony Orchestra and is the artistic director of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersberg. He is also a guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.
Gergiev was born in Moscow, raised in Vladikavkaz and received his musical education from the St. Petersburg Conservatory. One of his teachers was the Prof. Ilya Musin the creator of the Leningrad Conducting School that enabled many talented conductors to prosper. Gergiev developed his own style of conducting. He also used his talent to calm the first of revenge in the Caucasus, believing that "music is able to change the world and a person listening to Tchaikovsky's symphonies will not shoot".
- Veronika Dudarova - she was the first woman to succeed as a symphony conductor in Russia. She was an ethnic Ossetian born in Baku and educated in Moscow. She created and conducted the Symphony Orchestra of Russia.
- Zlata Chochieva is an Ossetian pianist, Meritorious Artist of the Republic of north Ossetia–Alania.
- Tugan Sokhiev is a conductor of Ossetian origin. In 2008 he became a music director of the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse.
- Iratta.com. Ossetian music