Philharmonic Hall to host concert to honor Maestro Niyazi
By Laman Ismayilova
The State Philharmonic Hall will celebrate the 110th anniversary of Maestro Niyazi, an outstanding Azerbaijani conductor and composer, Azernews reports.
Within the concert, the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra will perform Niyazi's Rast symphonic mugham, Song of the Motherland, Shirin's aria from Khosrov and Shirin opera, Suite from Chitra ballet as well as a folk song Qaragila (Blueberry) on December 9.
The orchestra will be conducted by People's Artist of Azerbaijan Rauf Abdullayev, Honored Artist Fuad Ibrahimov as well as Mustafa Mehmandarov.
The concert soloists include Fatima Jafarzade (soprano), Nigar Jalilova (khanenda), and Fahri Kazim-Nijat (tenor).
Maestro Niyazi's musical talent was truly impressive. The maestro conducted the Azerbaijan State Symphony orchestra for 46 years.
His orchestra accompanied such legendary singers as Bulbul, Rashid Behbudov, Muslim Magomayev, Lutfiyar Imanov, and other outstanding performers.
Niyazi's most significant works include the opera Khosrov and Shirin (1942), and the ballet Chitra (1960). His symphonic mugham Rast gained worldwide fame.
He also wrote a number of major epic pieces in the 1940s.
His military-themed music Memoirs and In the Battle were included in the program of the Decade of music of the Caucasus republics in 1944.
In 1945, Niyazi carried out a new musical edition of the musical comedy The Cloth Peddler.
Niyazi conducted many of the major symphony orchestras in Prague, Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, New York, Paris, Istanbul, and London, promoting Azerbaijani classical music.
Many contemporaries spoke about Niyazi as a trendsetter in fashion. At that time, conductors went on stage in a tailcoat, unique shirts, and bow ties. Maestro Niyazi wore a white turtleneck under a tailcoat which became his trendy look.
The maestro died in Baku on August 2, 1984, and was buried in the Alley of Honor.
The Home Museum of the great conductor and composer was founded in 1994. Maestro Niyazi lived and worked here from 1958 to the end of his life.
Over 6,200 exhibits, including Niyazi's musical manuscripts, photographs, books, and printed music from his personal library, gramophone records, and personal belongings are included in the museum's collection.
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