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Vazha Azarashvili Sentimental Tango (4 hands piano sheet music)
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Vazha Azarashvili is one of the most significant pioneers of the Georgian classical idiom. He represents the generation of Georgian classical composers who emerged in the former Soviet Union in the 1960s.
Vazha Azarashvili was born in 1936 in Tbilisi. His father was a musician, who specialized in folk music and played on Georgian folk instruments. Early exposure to ethnic music, rooted in a free improvisational style and inherently connected with Georgian poetry, soon revealed Azarashvili’s interest and talent for composition.
He received his initial music education in composition at the College of Music in Tbilisi. From 1956 to 1963, he studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatory, where he completed courses in undergraduate and post-graduate studies majoring in composition.
The year 1969 became significant in the young composer’s life: the premier of his Cello Concerto No. 1, performed by the celebrated cellist Eldar Issakadze (Peoples’ Artist of Georgia), brought Vazha Azarashvili instant recognition and popularity.
Multiple performances of the Concerto followed shortly after, in the former Soviet Union and in Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. Following this success, the Viola Concerto, written in 1973, secured Azarashvili’s reputation as a master of the concerto form, of which he has written seven.
Chamber music is central to Vazha Azarashvili’s expression of lyricism, and he has written numerous compositions in this genre. The list of works includes sonatas for different instruments, quartets, quintets, piano duos and music for chamber orchestra.
In the 1970s, Azarashvili turned to vocal music, writing six operettas, two song cycles using classical Georgian poetry and many art songs.
Throughout his career, Vazha Azarashvili has written popular songs, and music for theater and film. Many of his songs are dedicated to his beloved city of Tbilisi. This brought him tremendous popularity in Georgia.
Currently, he is working as a professor of composition in Tbilisi State Conservatory. For his artistic achievements, he has been awarded numerous awards and honors, including the highest title of Peoples’ Artist of Georgia.
Celebrated Georgian composer Vazha Azarashvili is part of the generation that emerged during the Soviet era in the 1960s, becoming one of the country’s most significant pioneers in the idiom of classical music and bringing international recognition to its contemporary musical heritage.
Azarashvili’s intensely lyrical musical language is elegantly represented in this collection of his complete works for cello and piano, including his transcriptions of beautiful pieces including the Nocturne, Nostalgie, and the Sentimental Tango in world premiere recordings for these versions.
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