Khachaturian’s Life Vision


Aram Khachaturian is a great composer, standing at the peak of Armenian musical culture and having an unusually significant contribution to the classic music of the past century. His works are close and understandable worldwide; his talent is revered and loved by connoisseurs of art, regardless of ethnicity. UNESCO mentions the name of Khachaturian among the most famous composers of the twentieth century, and puts his “Sabre Dance” from the famous ballet “Gayane” on one of the firsts in the list of the most popular works of our time.

Letters written by Aram Khachaturian throughout his lifetime are now publicized to complement and enrich the overall image of this personality. They fully reveal the composer’s approach to life, variety of his interests, artistic principles and views, traits of his character.


“...In future you should create my portrait not through my music, but trying to present the complete image of a person with all his characteristic weaknesses and oddities...”

Aram Khachaturian, 20 July, 1969


Notes from letters

“...Symphony - that's my face. Perhaps it seems ugly to someone, well, 20 years later it would be nice...”

1 November, 1935

“...You should argue less, act more, listen to your friends and despise your enemies. But, please, do not confuse the enemies with those who love you and criticize you.
Study hard and well, but be infinitely modest...”

28 March, 1944

“...From now and on I only dream about conducting. Here is the ultimate pleasure...”

19 March, 1950

“...The music is a specialty that requires a lot of will, determination, intelligence, persistence and patience. Music requires sacrifice...”

14 March, 1952

“...Let some people strike me out of the list of Armenian composers, but I do hope that people will not forget me. I am very grateful to Armenian people for the attitude towards me – I bow before them and feel myself in debt. I have to write a lot and write well to deserve what I was rewarded by my people...”

2 March, 1953

 “...You have always known that I value friendship. Moreover, I value principal friendship, business friendship, where a mutual influence exists and a mutual criticism is acceptable. A friendship that is based only on toasts ends easily...”

19 June, 1960

“...Of course, it is all about talent. The concept of talent incorporates not only the understanding of pure musical one. It includes the mastery of technique, world view of the artist, his personality, honesty, sensitivity, his love and devotion to the motherland and much more…”

February, 1963

“…Musical impressions of my childhood are: folk music sounding all around in Tbilisi, folk songs, sung in our house in the evenings, folk instruments (tar, kamancha, daira), sounding everywhere at different times, on different occasions ...”

18 March, 1966

“...For many years I have had a painful approach to this instrument, I've thought that something “strong” should be written for cello so I avoided it...”

11 April, 1966

“...Like a sponge I was absorbing all the good things happening around me. I was very attentive, observant and eager to learn a new...”

11 April, 1966

“...Ballet is a very expressive and significant art. Its impact on people is beneficial, giving birth to the feeling of love towards beauty…”

29 July, 1968

 “...I should mention that the Armenian centuries-old culture is unique and stands out with its completely original features.”

Influences, of course, exist... Cultures (everywhere) have historically evolved in a mutual influence and mutual learning. But unlike the others, Armenian culture has remained exceptional - Armenian...”

July, 1970

“...I am already 70 years old. All my work, creativity, practice are reflected by the fact that I was, I am and I will always be an Armenian. Roots of my music go deep with Armenian folk music...”

27 August, 1973

“...But I am an Armenian; I have been an Armenian and will always be one. All I have created, all my works belong primarily to my native people and my motherland – Armenia…”

27 August, 1973