Keiko Shichijo | Komitas Vardapet: Six Dances

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Komitas Vardapet: Six Dances

by Keiko Shichijo

In 1906 Komitas Vardapet wrote and performed a cycle of dances for piano in Paris. It is an exciting and original composition. All six pieces are based on original Armenian dances. Keiko Shichijo plays a compelling, playful and enchanting interpretation.
Genre: World: Folklore
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Yerangi
2:49 album only
2. Unabi
1:56 album only
3. Marali
1:02 album only
4. Shushiki
2:46 album only
5. Het U Araj
2:53 album only
6. Shoror
6:34 album only
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Album Notes
The first piece, "Yerangi”, points out the grace, elegance and tenderness of a woman's dance. "Unabi" is "delicately and majestically" according to Komitas notes. The sweet melody consists of various changes of two melodic fragments, ably interlaced. In "Marali" and "Shushiki", the timbres and characters of folk instruments are rendered vividly. In the former, Komitas imitates the sound of the "dap", a sort of Armenian tambourine, widely used by peasants as accompaniment. In the latter the listener can hear imitations of the tar, a plucked string instrument. "Het u Araj", a men's round dance, is distinguished by its special coloring. Komitas imitates the shvi and the dhol, both Armenian folk instruments. The former is a sort of shepherd's reed pipe and the latter a kind of hand-held percussion instrument played without sticks. The finale of the cycle is "Shoror", a heroic men's dance. Komitas marks that it should be performed "majestically and heroically" as well as with an imitation of the shvi and the dhol, which usually accompanied that dance during folk festivities.



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