... I am not so self-confident to use expression "my pupil", speaking,
for example, about such a big Soviet composer as G.Garayev. But
I shall be always proud of this remarkable musician just as another
outstanding representative of the Azerbaijani symphonic school
Jovdet Hajiyev studied at Moscow Conservatoire in the composition
class I was entrusted to supervise. (Shostakovich)
Gara Garayev is one of my mostly beloved composers. The secret
of success of his music is his talented and bright unification,
which is characteristical only to him. Being a professional musician,
he used musical traditions based on classical heritage and most
modern forms of music. (Shostakovich)
"G.Garayev possesses great and bright composer's talent. His general
development stands at big height. He is a talented and cultural
composer. He perfectly owns instrumentation, polyphony and other
composing features of musical art. G.Garayev is a composer-expert
with the doubtless great future".
Characteristic on the G.Garayev's graduation from Moscow Conservatoire
on D.D. Shostakovich's composition class on April 17th, 1946.
Garayev's art is one of the powerful columns in a huge palace
of Azerbaijan music, and his role in the world fame of this music
is extremely great.
In Gara Garayev's creative work I am captivated by something,
which can be defined as a strong and bright store of youthhood
energy. This constant charge is source of untiring quests of the
composer in his strivings, his music is responsive to the newest,
freshest and the most progressive that we have in our life art.
In Poland G.Garayev has been known since 50-th years. All of us
well remember, how Dmitry Shostakovich, being the visitor of the
third "Warsaw autumn" in 1959, in one of the interviews mentioned
G.Garayev's name in a line of the most outstanding masters of
contemporary Soviet music. G.Garayev's latest compositions, which
we met in 60-th years confirmed me in belief that he belonged
to those artists who were not satisfied with already created scores,
but indefatigably searched and enriched means of expression....
I have met numerous latest opuses, among which first of all the
two especially are close and interesting for me - the 3-rd symphony
and the Violin concert. Each of these compositions is penetrated
by unique aroma; a listener is amazed with novelty of applied
means of expression and techniques (dodecaphony), which does not
hinder the composer at all (I would say, in this concrete case
they assist him) to achieve deep national and simultaneously individual
character of music. G.Garayev's music in general possesses this
deeply national character. Here is one more proof that neither
means of expression, nor the techniques, but talent and art individuality
solve the issue on the final image and the value of work. Gara
Garaev is a remarkable artist, famed composer, splendid teacher
and outstanding personality. His music has long attained well-deserved
recognition, won his listeners` hearts not only in the home land
of its creator, but far beyond its borders.
Being deeply national artist, G.Garayev was absolutely free of
national limitations. Along with Uzeyir Hajibayov Garayev can
rightly be named the founder of modern Azerbaijani musical culture....
And in many of these genres Gara Garayev is practically a pathfinder
in Azerbaijani music. In the whole his creativity means for national
musical culture transition to the new grade, new quality. Garaev's
name is closely associated with the emergence of new music of
Azerbaijan on the world stage. This can be attributed not only
to the fact that dozens of the composers were taught in his class,
but to the very example of his own bright and artistic personality.
I would dare to tell about G.Garayev: he searches new, but well
knows old routes, is keen by search, but does not forget about
advantage of traditions - first of all national thing, about fruitfulness
of continuity. Perhaps, his way is the most formidable: "the right"
reproach him for "leftism ","the left" convict him as "conservative"
one. However, he simply goes in art by own prompting by musician's
heart and talent.
Gara Garayev is always perceived by me not only as a composer
of a great talent, but a wise intellectual of Azerbaijan Orient,
musician-enlightener of today. Like Glinka, who combined the Russian
song and occidental counterpoint, Garayev enriched Azerbaijan
music with subtle interpretation of professional achievements
of the 20th century music.
In Garaev's music, which is classified as classical by its merits,
the unique Garayev Oriental style was moulded, where, in spite
of wealth of emotions colors, rhythms, the dominant power is intellect
rather than spontaneity of sensuality. Already being mature and
legitimate master, Garaev undertook bold experiments in the field
of the application of new musical means, the organic continuation
of intellectual-expressive trend of his previous composition.
In "Seven Beauties" Gara Garayev could express by means of musical-choreographical
drama intricate conflict, sorrow and anger, people's struggle.
Genuine music true to life, bright national coloring, splendid
orchestration - all these characteristics make Gara Garaev's ballet
an outstanding piece of work.
Gara Garaev is the personality to whom we owe the upraise of our
people's musical art to the new stage. The importance of G. Garayev's
creativity exceeded the bounds of the pure national subject and
acquired the essence of the international one.
Years will pass by, but the live source of Gara Garayev's creation
will always attract new generations of people, who will seek access
to the rich treasure - house of his music, and once having found
never to part with it.