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Azerbaijan's brilliant victory in the Second Karabakh War has
inspired many cultural and art figures to create majestic art
Musicians, composers, poets and artists glorify the return of
Azerbaijan's historical lands. Filled with a great pride for
homeland, young composer Ilaha Qismat wrote the ballet "Iron Fist"
devoted to Azerbaijan's victory in the Second Karabakh War.
The ballet was staged within the project "Victory Road of the
Shusha Conquerors" (Şuşa fatehlərinin Zəfər yolu).
Speaking about the ballet, Ilaha Qismat told azernews that patriotic themes have
always taken a special part in the composer's life.
Q: What did inspire you to create "Iron Fist"
A: I would like to note that I developed a
sense of patriotism in my early childhood. The patriotic theme has
always taken a special part in my composing activity. Even the
first music piece, composed by me in early childhood, was the
military march. This composition is still included in the
repertoire of the Defense Ministry's Military Orchestra. Despite
the fact that Shusha was captured by Armenia long before my birth,
I still felt sorrow and looked forward to the day when Shusha would
be liberated. And that day has come! My heart was filled with
endless joy, which I put in the ballet.
Q: What can you say about the ballet plot?
A: The duration of the ballet performance is 44
minutes, which symbolizes the 44-day Patriotic War. The image of
Adil Ibrahimli, the First Lieutenant of the Special Forces, the
Hero of the 44-day Patriotic War takes a central place in the
ballet. During the First Karabakh War, when he was still a small
child, his father was mercilessly killed before his eyes, leaving a
deep traumatic mark on his heart. The time has passed and our hero
says goodbye to the love of his life and goes to war with his brave
friends. The mighty Azerbaijani Army constantly wins victories in
the war, and the brave warrior waves our flag on the top of Shusha
and raises his "Iron Fist" to the sky.
Q: Can you tell us about the process of working on the
A: First of all, I would like to note the
author of the libretto is Yuri Lobachev, ballet masters are Y.
Lobachev and Jeyhun Gubadov. The ballet artists were dressed in
modern costumes, as well as in the style of the 90s. As for the
music in the ballet, it is very simple and understandable,
perfectly combining the national character.
Q: How was the ballet received by the
A: The play received positive feedback from the
audience. Most of them thanked me for preserving the national
spirit in the ballet music. The ballet was accompanied by a display
of real battle scenes. Families of martyrs, war veterans, military
personnel watched the ballet. Many public and cultural figures also
attended the ballet show, including Chairman of the Azerbaijan
Composers' Union, People's Artist Frangiz Alizade, Chairman of
Composting Department at Baku Music Academy Aydin Azimov,
professor, musicologist Zemfira Qafarova, Vice-Rector of Baku Music
Academy Gulnaz Abdullazade and many others, whose presence was a
great support to me.