Tigran Yeghiayi Mansurian
1939 -
T.Y. Mansurian
Tigran (Yeghiayi) Mansurian (27/01/1939), a leading Armenian composer of classical music and film scores. He was born in Beirut; his family moved to Armenia in 1947 and settled in Yerevan in 1956, where he was educated. He studied first at the Romanos Melikian Music School under the Armenian composer Edvard Baghdasaryan and later at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. His "Monodia" album was nominated for the 2005 Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)" and "Best Classical Contemporary Composition."
Period:21st century
Composed in:2011
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:the victims of the Armenian genocide of 1915
Label(s):ECM 4814101
The Requiem contains:
01. Requiem Aeternam
02. Kyrie
03. Dies Irae
04. Tuba Mirum
05. Lacrimosa
06. Domine Jesu Christe
07. Sanctus
08. Agnus Dei
Requiem for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus and string orchestra, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide that occurred in Turkey from 1915 to 1917 – which affected members of the composer's own family in the most direct way.
It reconciles the sound and sensibility of his country’s traditions with the Latin Requiem text in a profoundly moving contemporary composition, illuminated by the “glow of Armenian modality”, as Paul Griffiths puts it in his booklet essay. The work is a milestone for Mansurian, widely acknowledged as Armenia's greatest composer. The Los Angeles Times has described his music as that “in which deep cultural pain is quieted through an eerily calm, heart-wrenching beauty”.
The Requiem was co-commissioned by the Munich Chamber Orchestra and RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin and first performed by them in Berlin and Munich in 2011 and receives its premiere recording here.
Contributor:Arye Kendi