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Remembering Aram Khachaturian, A 'Titan' Of Soviet Music

Composer Aram Khachaturian was born on June 6, 1903 to an Armenian family in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Alongside Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, Khachaturian is referred to as one of the three titans of Soviet music. Khachaturian's works span a broad range of musical types, including ballets, symphonies, concertos, and numerous film scores. Although he was born in Georgia and lived most of his life in Russia, he has been an iconic figure to generations of Armenian composers. Most of his works are saturated with centuries-old motifs from Armenian culture. (19 PHOTOS)

Conductor and composer Aram Khachaturian in 1972
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Conductor and composer Aram Khachaturian in 1972

A family photo from 1913, with young Aram in the center
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A family photo from 1913, with young Aram in the center

Mikhail Gnesin, a Russian composer, teacher, and musician, is pictured with his students in 1928. Khachaturian is in the back row on the left.
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Mikhail Gnesin, a Russian composer, teacher, and musician, is pictured with his students in 1928. Khachaturian is in the back row on the left.

Khachaturian (right) with fellow composers Dmitry Shostakovich (center), and Sergei Prokofiev in Moscow in September 1945.
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Khachaturian (right) with fellow composers Dmitry Shostakovich (center), and Sergei Prokofiev in Moscow in September 1945.

Khachaturian at his dacha in August 1955.
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Khachaturian at his dacha in August 1955.

Khachaturian in 1959
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Khachaturian in 1959

Askold Makarov as Spartacus and Inna Zubkovskaya as Phrygia in a scene from Khachaturian's ballet "Spartacus" staged at Leningrad's Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater in 1957
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Askold Makarov as Spartacus and Inna Zubkovskaya as Phrygia in a scene from Khachaturian's ballet "Spartacus" staged at Leningrad's Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater in 1957

Khachaturian (right) with his wife, Nina, visiting writer Ernest Hemingway in Cuba in September 1960.
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Khachaturian (right) with his wife, Nina, visiting writer Ernest Hemingway in Cuba in September 1960.

Khachaturian in 1962
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Khachaturian in 1962

Ballerina Maya Plisetskaya (seated) and composers Rodion Shchedrin (right), Khachaturian (center), and his wife, Nina Makarova, who was also a composer, after the ballet "Spartacus" in Moscow in September 1971.
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Ballerina Maya Plisetskaya (seated) and composers Rodion Shchedrin (right), Khachaturian (center), and his wife, Nina Makarova, who was also a composer, after the ballet "Spartacus" in Moscow in September 1971.

Khachaturian conducts a lesson with students at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow in 1971.
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Khachaturian conducts a lesson with students at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow in 1971.

Khachaturian (second from right) with Moscow schoolchildren during the shooting of a TV program in Moscow in 1972.
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Khachaturian (second from right) with Moscow schoolchildren during the shooting of a TV program in Moscow in 1972.

A scene from Khachaturian's ballet "Gayane," performed in Riga, Latvia, in 1977.
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A scene from Khachaturian's ballet "Gayane," performed in Riga, Latvia, in 1977.

Khachaturian with his wife, Nina Makarova, at home in Moscow in June 1977.
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Khachaturian with his wife, Nina Makarova, at home in Moscow in June 1977.

Khachaturian with his son Karen in 1977
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Khachaturian with his son Karen in 1977

A scene from Khachaturian's ballet "Spartacus" performed in Moscow in 1984
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A scene from Khachaturian's ballet "Spartacus" performed in Moscow in 1984

A postage stamp issued  on January 1, 1983 to mark the 80th anniversary of Khachaturian's birth. He died on May 1, 1978.
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A postage stamp issued  on January 1, 1983 to mark the 80th anniversary of Khachaturian's birth. He died on May 1, 1978.

Khachaturian's personal belongings on display at his house, which is now a museum, in Yerevan.
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Khachaturian's personal belongings on display at his house, which is now a museum, in Yerevan.

Works by Khachaturian
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Works by Khachaturian

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