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But he also employed neo-Classical elements in his works, especially from the s onward. Arutiunian was born on September 23, , in Yerevan. There, he studied piano with O. Babashian and composition with Barkhoudarian and Varkes Talian, graduating in By now, Arutiunian had decided on a career as a composer: he had joined the U. While it showed great promise, it was not ultimately a success. The war disrupted further education for Arutiunian until , when he enrolled at the Moscow Conservatory and studied composition with Ilya Litinsky, Nikolai Ivanovich Peyko, and Viktor Zuckermann.
He left in , offering as his graduation piece a patriotic work, Cantata on the Homeland, for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra, an effort for which he received a U.
State Prize. This was a difficult time for Soviet composers since they were expected to write stylistically tame music, often on patriotic texts or subjects. Arutiunian composed two of his most successful works in the coming years, the trumpet concerto , written for virtuoso Soviet trumpet player Timofei Dokshitser , and the Concertino for Piano and Orchestra He also engaged in a collaborative work with a lesser composer -- fellow Armenian Arno Babadjanyan -- an unusually self-effacing gesture even for a young composer.
Their effort produced the Armenian Rhapsody for Pianos 2. In , Arutiunian was appointed artistic director of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra , a post he held until he reached age 70 Arutiunian managed to avoid falling into disfavor with Soviet cultural bosses in the post-Stalin era -- a not necessarily easy task -- composing unadventurous though well-crafted works like his symphony and horn concerto , the latter achieving some currency in the repertory.
In , Arutiunian joined the faculty of the Yerevan Conservatory where he taught composition. Two years later, he produced one of his most important compositions, the opera Sayat-Nova. In , he joined the Union of Armenian Cinematographers, Arutiunian having been active over the years in composing several film scores. Two years later, he was given a professorship at the Yerevan Academy.
His retirement from the artistic directorship of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra in signified his curtailment of musical activity, though hardly his complete withdrawal from it.
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