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Music plays an important part in Armenia's rich artistic heritage.

    Armenian folk music is eminently traditional and has a resonance characterized by a delicate structure. Naturally, even today it has an important place in the life of the people. Armenian music is ancient in origin and continuous in development as seen from pre-Christian mural paintings, archaeological finds, the earliest historical chronicles, mediaeval miniatures, and the songs themselves, some of which have transmitted elements from pagan civilization.

   At both times, numerous masterpieces were created in every domain: pastoral songs, urban music, ancient troubadour style, verse songs for male voice, religion. Music was adapted to a wide range of uses: work, lyricism, epic-historic-heroic, morality and character, etc.

   Armenian religious music is very similar to genuine folk songs and their style. Armenians have preserved their music and transmitted a vast repertory of both melancholic and joyous melodies. Folk music, popular professional music, minstrel songs and Armenian medieval monody, taken as a whole, have a musical character of its own with very rich means of expression. Valery Brussov, the well-known translator of Armenian poetry, once said that this music reflects "pain without falling into despair, passion without grief, and admiration without indulgence."

   Armenian classical music still turns to national elements for its compositions. Such a tradition reinforces the artistic aspirations and creative imagination of composers, artists, and the public alike in all domains of musical life. Folk music is still very much alive in Armenia and in the diaspora. Such traditional instruments as the saz, kaman, kamanch'a, t'ar, sant'ur or canon, and percussions still form an integral part of folk ensembles.

   Music section of RepublicOfArmenia.com provides you with wide range of articles about modern and medieval Armenian composers – read them, feel the uniqueness of their art and discover Armenian Arts with us.
 



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