Armenian Fingerprints (2019)

Mariam Kharatyan

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"Armenian Fingerprints - interpreting the piano music of Komitas and Khachaturian in light of Armenian folk music" is an artistic research project by pianist Mariam Kharatyan, at the University of Agder and the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, during 2015-2019. Mariam Kharatyan is an Armenian classical pianist. Throughout this project she has been focused on the interpretation of classical piano music from the performer's perspective, aimed to find her own way of interpreting several major piano compositions written by the Armenian composers Komitas (1869-1935) and Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). Approaching the interpretation strongly inspired from Armenian folk music, she has explored in-depth the impact of the interplay between classical and folk music in her playing, and what interpretational possibilities might emerge in piano works of Komitas and Khachaturian when listening to Armenian folk music and responding to it through musical expression in classical pianism. This exposition is the reflection of the project, on artistic processes, choices, and results.
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comments: 1 (last entry by Steffen Schleiermacher - 15/04/2020 at 12:14)
Steffen Schleiermacher 15/04/2020 at 12:14

Hi, Mariam

thanks for the article about Komitas' music, i just found while preparing a recording of some Bartók and Komitas music. It helps me to understand and play the music. Interesting ideas about using the pedals (e.g. the middle pedal) - I will try it too!

By the way - I think it's a mistake in the print in Het et Aray with the pedal indication starting bar 12. I'm sure, that the right pedal is to be held 12-13 and 17-19, The bars between should be dry - otherwise the detailed articulation and so on would have no sense - as you have written…

Very helpful is the demonstration of the folk instruments.

Thank you.


Best regards



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