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Harutiun Dellalian is one of the most genuine examples of his People, even triumphing over death...
There is a supernatural power in his works...which are really harmonious, cosmic, abstract, human...
Of fearless mentality, he was a soul of singular creativity...A perfect fusion of buoyancy and depth...

Harutiun Dellalian can best be described as one of the most original composers of contemporary Armenian music, whose life was anything but traditional, even quite extraordinary. He successfully expressed what he had to say to the world and the world heard his voice. At his first appearance on the international stage, in Boston and Los-Angeles (in 1987) he won the SUPER STAR PRIZE and GOLDEN AWARD of the California Cinema and Television Board.

The road he travelled to create his works was not smooth or easy. Fate held many obstacles in store for him and only when he was already advanced in years did he begin to study music professionally. However, strength and the need to express himself, compelled the artist to pursue goals which seemed unattainable. Talent and an enormous desire to succeed and attain his objectives favoured his encounter with a life in art, expressing through music the ideas originating from philosophy and history which were most near and dear to his heart. He was pressed for time, of which there was not enough...

He was born in the Greek Capital of Athens, where he studied at an Armenian primary school. When he was 10 he immigrated to Armenia with his family. His infancy and youth were very difficult and he was not able to receive any musical training. Nevertheless, he was an artist through and through. Painting, writing poetry...

His first opportunity to attend a Professional institution, the Romanůs Melikian College of Music, arose when he was 31. Eduarde Mirzoyan was his first teacher in music composition. 4 years later, when he was already 35, he was admitted to the Komitas National State Conservatory, where he continued to study with the composer Eduarde Baghdassarian. In 1979 he was already a member of the Composersí Union of Armenia.

His creative life was very short, only lasting for 13 years. Meanwhile, during this very short period of his life he successfully created primary works, which were performed on many stages throughout the world, in the U.S.A., Japan, Italy, England, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Russia... He was always able to draw the attention of the public and specialised critics, to his art.

He has not left a great quantity of compositions. He is the author of some 25 works, (a number of which are incomplete), 3 of them symphonies, his symphonic Poem Death, Memorial to the Martyrs Requiem Cantata, Immersed Sun Dramatic Cantata, Ecloga Chamber concert for string orchestra and flute, Topophono chamber concert for string orchestra, piano and French horn etc. In the chamber music genre, special attention should be paid to his Meditations for clarinet and piano, Sonata for piano Dedication to Komitas, Sonata for bassoon Medium, Requiem Trionfale for organ etc.

From the first few moments of hearing Harutiun Dellalianís music the vehemence of his very strong personality becomes obvious. Parallels can be made between him and composers such as John Cage, Vareze, Pendereszky. In his symphonies, of great calibre, his orchestral mentality is clear. His Chamber Works are especially original in their rich novelty and for the inventive manner in which the instruments are used, delivering the most unexpected and unusual varieties of sonority. He always felt the need to seek, to experiment, find and produce a richer sonority for classical instruments and enhance the very timbre of instruments to reach other possibilities.

Harutiun Dellalianís music is very national, which is why his human worth goes beyond the boundaries of nations. His work is understood by peoples of different cultures, enabling them to become aware of the culture and history of a most ancient people.

Harutiun Dellalian transformed his difficult fate into a fountain of transparency which inspired his work, thus ensuring his contribution to Contemporary Armenian Music.

 
 

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