Fikret Amirov

Fikret Meshedi Jamil oglu Amirov (November 22, 1922, Ganja - February 20, 1984, Baku) was a prominent Azerbaijani composer. The music of Fikret Amirov perhaps has been heard outside of Azerbaijan more than that of any other Azerbaijani composer.

Fikret Amirov grew up in an atmosphere of folk music. Fikret's father, Meshedi Jamil Amirov, was a famous "khanande" (mugam singer) from Shusha, who composed and played tar.

During his childhood and early adolescence, Fikret began composing pieces for the piano. After graduating from Ganja Music College, Fikret entered Baku State Conservatory and studied under Boris Zeidman and Uzeyir Hajibeyov.

When World War II broke out in 1941 Amirov, who was only 19 at the time, was drafted, and his studies at the Conservatory interrupted. Amirov was wounded near Voronezh and hospitalized. He was demobilized from the military service and returned to Baku to continue his studies at the Conservatory.

Amirov's music was strongly influenced by Azeri folk melodies. He created a new genre called symphonic mugam. Amirov's symphonic mugams were based on the classical folk pieces and were performed by many renowned symphony orchestras throughout the world, such as Houston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1948 Shur - Azerbaijan Mugam No 1 3.50 stars CD
New Music I Comments:
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsky
1948 Kurd Ovshari - Azerbaijan Mugam No 2 3.50 stars CD
New Music I Comments:
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsky
1957 Piano Concerto after Arabian Themes 3.50 stars CD
Comments:
Written with Elmira Nazirova

Farhad Badalbeyli - Piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsky

1961 Azerbaijan Capriccio 3.50 stars CD
New Music I Comments:
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsky
1968 Gyulistan Bayati Shiraz 3.50 stars CD
New Music I Comments:
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsky
1981 ? Six Pieces Flute and Piano 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
1. Song of the Ashug
2. Lullaby
3. Dance
4. In the Azerbaijan Mountains
5. At the Spring
6. Nocturne

Leslie Newman - Flute
Amande Huron - Piano

1984 Symphony for String Orchestra Ïn Memorium of Nizami 4.00 stars "CD
Comments:
Caucasian Chamber Orchestra cond. Uwe Berkemer