Azerbaijan will soon host Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival

By Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijan will host the 14th Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival from September 18 to 26, reports Azernews.

The festival will offer concert programs dedicated to Azerbaijani musical figures, young people and much more.

Soloists, conductors and musical groups from the United States, Norway, France, Austria, Germany, Turkey, Greece, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Japan, from South Korea and Georgia are invited to participate in the festival.

Since 1995, September 18 has been celebrated as National Music Day in Azerbaijan.

From 2009, it was decided to organize the International Music Festival dedicated to the creativity of the famous Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibayli.

Many cultural events, including gala concerts and festivals, are held across the country as part of the celebration.

Musicians and collectives from Germany, Russia, Turkey, Georgia, France, Bulgaria and other countries take part in the festival.

Uzeyir Hajibeyli laid the foundations of a national musical style. He was the first composer of an opera in the Islamic world.

The opera “Leyli and Majnun” (1908) is based on traditional folk music and dance, musical genres that relied on oral traditions.

Also, the composer wrote his second opera “Sheyx Sanan”, “Rustam and Sohrab”, “Asli and Karam”, “Shah Abbas”, “Khurshudbanu and Harun” and “Leyli” entirely based on the elements of folk music national, mainly mugham. .

He also composed three comedies including “Husband and Wife” (1910), “If Not This One, That One” (1911) and “Arshin Mal Alan” (1913).

“Arshin Mal Alan” or “The Cloth Peddler” was the last and one of the most popular operettas by the eminent composer.

The operetta has been successfully performed in a plethora of languages ​​in over 60 countries around the world, including the United States, Austria, France, China, Greece, India, Russia and Turkey.

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