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Amirov,Fikret(Meshadi Jamil)

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Amirov, Fikret (Meshadi Jamil), Azerbaijani composer; b. Gyandzha, Nov. 22, 1922; d. Baku, Feb. 20, 1984. He studied with his father, a tar player and singer, and pursued training in the tar at the Gyandzha Music Coll. After composition study at the Baku Coll., he studied composition with Zeydman at the Azerbaijan State Cons., where he was awarded his diploma for his opera Ulduz in 1948. He was artistic director of the Kirovabad Phil. (1942–43) and the Baku Phil. (1947), director of the Azerbaijan Theater of Opera and Ballet (1956–59), and secretary of the Azerbaijan Composers’ Union (from 1956). In 1949 he was awarded a State Prize and in 1965 he was made a National Artist of the USSR. Amirov’s dedication to the native music of Azerbaijan is revealed in his use of the mugam, a song-dance form, in his 2 symphonic poems of 1948. His opera Sevil (Baku, Dec. 25, 1953) is one of the most important works of its kind in the Azerbaijani theater repertoire. On the whole, his music represents a deft use of Azerbaijani folk elements and Western art music.

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