Mansurian, Tigran (b. January 27, 1939, Beirut). Lebanese-born Armenian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world.
Prof. Mansurian studied composition with Edvard Bagdasaryan at the Romanos Melikyan College of Music in Yerevan from 1956–60 and with Lazarus Saryan at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory from 1960–65, with whom he also had post-graduate studies there from 1965–67.
His honors include two First prizes in the All-Union competition in Moscow (c. 1966, for Partita; c. 1968, for Four Hayrens).
He taught modern music theory at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory from 1967–86, where he has taught composition as a professor since 1986. He also served as its rector from 1992–95.
He has lived in Armenia since 1947.
Street address: Prof. Tigran Mansurian, 56 Teryan St., Apt. 14, 375009 Yerevan, Armenia
Telephone/fax: + 374 156 2525
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
STAGE: The Ice Queen (2 act ballet, scenario by Vilen Galstyan, after Hans Christian Andersen), 1989
ORCHESTRAL: Concerto, organ, small orchestra, 1964; Partita, large orchestra, 1965; Music for Twelve Strings, 1966; Preludes, large orchestra, 1975; To the Memory of Dmitry Shostakovich (concerto no. 1), cello, large orchestra, 1976; Canonical Ode, 4 harps, organ, 2 string orchestras, 1977; Concerto No. 2, cello, string orchestra, 1978; Double Concerto, violin, cello, string orchestra, 1978; Tovem, small orchestra (15 players), 1979; Nachtmusik, large orchestra, 1980; Because I Do Not Hope (in memoriam Igor Stravinsky), small orchestra (15 players), 1981; Concerto, violin, string orchestra, 1981; Concerto No. 3, cello, small orchestra (2 flutes, oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 French horns, trumpet, trombone), 1983; Postludio Concerto, clarinet, cello, string orchestra, 1993 (version of chamber work); Concerto, viola, 18 strings, 1995; Fantasy, piano, string orchestra, 2003; Autumn fantasy, piano, string orchestra, 2004; Four serious songs (concerto no. 2), violin, string orchestra, 2006; Three Arias, viola, large orchestra, 2008
CHAMBER MUSIC: Sonata, viola, piano, 1962; Sonata, flute, piano, 1963; Sonata No. 1, violin, piano, 1964; Allegro barbaro, cello, 1964; Sonata No. 2, violin, piano, 1965; Piano Trio, violin, cello, piano, 1965; Psalm, 2 flutes, violin, 1966; Interior, string quartet, 1972; Silhouette of a Bird, harpsichord, percussion, 1971–73; Sonata No. 1, cello, piano, 1973; Sonata No. 2, cello, piano, 1974; Wind Quintet, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1974; The Rhetorician, flute, violin, double bass, harpsichord, 1978; Capriccio, cello, 1981; String Quartet No. 1, 1983–84; String Quartet No. 2, 1984; Five Bagatelles, violin, cello, piano, 1985; Tombeau, cello, percussion, 1988; Postludio, clarinet, cello, 1991–92 (also version as Postludio Concerto); String Quartet No. 3, 1993; Concerto, English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1995; Hommage à Anna Akhmatova, bass clarinet, qānūn (zither), viola, marimba, 1997; Duo, viola, percussion, 1998; Dance, viola, percussion, 1998; Lacrimae, soprano saxophone, viola, 1999; Lamento, violin, 2002 (also version for viola, 2002); Three Medieval Taghs, viola, percussion, 1998–2004; Testament, string quartet, 2004; Con anima, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, 2005; String Trio, violin, viola, cello, 2008
CHORAL: Three Poems (text by Kostan Zaryan), mixed chorus, 1969; Spring Songs (text by Hovhannis Tumanyan), mixed chorus, 1996; Confessing with Faith (text by St. Nerses Shnorhali), 4 male voices, viola, 1998; Ars Poetica (concerto, text by Yeghishe Charents), mixed chorus, 1996–2000; Motet (text by Grigor Narekatsi), 2 mixed choruses, 2000; On the Shores of Eternity (text by Avetik Isahakyan), mixed chorus, 2003
VOCAL: Three Romances (text by Federico García Lorca [translated by Hamo Sahyan]), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1966; Four Hayrens (text by Nahapet Kuchak), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1967; Intermezzo (text by Vladimir Holan), soprano, ensemble, 1972–73 (lost); I am Giving You a Rose (text by Matevos Sarifyan), soprano, flute, cello, piano, 1974; Three Nairian Songs (text by Vahan Teryan), baritone, large orchestra, 1975–76; Three Madrigals (text by Razmik Davoyan), soprano, flute, cello, piano, 1974–81; Sunset Songs (song-cycle, text by Hamo Sahyan), soprano, piano, 1984–85; The Land of Nairi (song-cycle, text by Vahan Teryan), soprano, piano, 1986; Miserere (texts by St. Mesrop Mashtots, the Bible [Armenian translation]), soprano, string orchestra, 1989; Madrigal IV (text by Alicia Kirakosyan), soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, tubular bells, 1991; Canti Paralelli (texts by by Baghdasar Dpir, Yeghishe Charents, Avetik Isahakyan), soprano, piano, 2007–08
PIANO: Sonatina No. 1, 1963; Petite Suite, 1963; Sonata No. 1, 1967; Miniatures, 1969; Three Pieces, 1970–71; Nostalgia, 1976; Three Pieces for the Low Keys, 1979; Sonatina No. 2, 1987
FILM SCORES (DIRECTOR): The Color of Pomegranate, 1968 (Sergey Parajanov); We and Our Mountains, 1969 (Henrik Malyan); Osenneye solntse – Autumn Sun, 1979 (Bagrat Oganesyan); Legend of the Clown, 1979 (Levon Asatryan)
(Last updated on November 17, 2008)