Born in Yerevan, Alexander Arutunian was soon recognised as an accomplished pianist and composer, and subsequently, he studied at the Conservatory of Yerevan. After deciding that a career as a composer was right for him, Arutunian joined the U. With some works being fairly popular in the Soviet-Armenian sphere, Arutunian was more often than not overshadowed by fellow composer, Aram Khachaturian. However, this did not hinder the composer in any way, which can be seen and heard in his most popular work — Trumpet Concerto in Ab Major.
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Alexander Arutiunian trans. Arutiunian conceived the main theme for this concerto in Like most of his themes, it first came to him while he was asleep.
He was encouraged to complete the work by a longtime friend, Zolak Vartasarian, who was principal trumpet in the Yerevan Opera Orchestra. Unfortunately, Vartasarian died in the war that same year, and the concerto was not completed until It was premiered then by Timofei Dokshizer in Moscow. The movements are Andante, Allegro energico, Meno mosso, and Allegro. A long virtuoso cadenza brings the concerto to an abrupt but stylish close. Since Arutiunian composed this work also known as Concerto in A flat , it has continued to grow in popularity.
In , for example, it led a list of eighty-two solos performed by approximately professional, faculty, and student members of the International Trumpet Guild.
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TINE THING HELSETH · ARUTIUNIAN TRUMPET CONCERTO
Alexander Arutiunian trans. Arutiunian conceived the main theme for this concerto in Like most of his themes, it first came to him while he was asleep. He was encouraged to complete the work by a longtime friend, Zolak Vartasarian, who was principal trumpet in the Yerevan Opera Orchestra.
Tine Thing Helseth · Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto
His father was a military serviceman. After the war he moved to Moscow , where between and he participated in the workshops of House of Armenian Culture, studied composition with Genrikh Litinsky. After graduation he returned to Yerevan to teach at the local Conservatory and in he was appointed artistic director of the Armenian State Philharmony. In , Arutiunian was awarded the Stalin Prize for his cantata Motherland ,  a graduation piece he wrote as a student at the Moscow Conservatory. Other works of that kind include The tale of Armenian people , Ode to Lenin and Hymn to the brotherhood Some of Arutiunian's works for wind instruments include his concerto for trumpet , the concerto for tuba , and the brass quintet Armenian Scenes.
Alexander Arutunian ‘Trumpet Concerto in Ab Major’: The Best of Brass
According to J. Sundram, "it is an energetic powerhouse of Eastern European lyricism and harmonic textures". Arutunian's engaging and idiomatic trumpet concerto was "quickly assimilated into the standard trumpet repertoire worldwide, earning highest international praise from audiences, critics and performers". It has a very gypsyish, Russian, Armenian kind of sound, with very soulful, beautiful melodies and plenty of exciting rapid-tonguing kind of things.