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
The orchestra will be conducted by People's Artist of Azerbaijan
Rauf Abdullayev, Honored Artist Fuad Ibrahimov as well as Mustafa
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
His orchestra accompanied such legendary singers as Bulbul,
Rashid Behbudov, Muslim Magomayev, Lutfiyar Imanov, and other
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
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