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Komitas – the 150th Anniversary of Birth
Комитас – 150-летие со дня рождения
Presented by
Central Bank of Armenia
Nominal value
1000 dram
Silver 925°
Production quality
Vardan Vardanyan (obverse), Eduard Kurghinyan (reverse)
The Lithuanian Mint
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: drawings by Komitas and fragments from the first printed song “National Hymn” (1891) in Armenian and European notes. 

Reverse: portrait of Komitas, outlines of the building of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary in Etchmiadzin (architect - H. Abgaryan), stylized images of a crane (as a symbol of the lost home, love and yearning for motherland), Armenian and European notes.
A brief annotation
Komitas (1869-1935) is a world-renowned Armenian composer, musicologist, singer and choirmaster, founder of the Armenian Composers’ School. 

While studying at the Etchmiadzin Gevorkian Theological Seminary, Komitas was ordained as Archimandrite (Vardapet). He continued education at the Berlin University and R. Schmidt Private Conservatory. After return to homeland, Komitas studied Armenian notation, spiritual music and collected folk songs. He created a choir and presented his own arrangements of Armenian folk and spiritual songs in different cities of the world. One of the world’s most popular arrangements is the song “A Crane” (“Krounk”), which is full of grief, love and yearning for the lost land. The press of the time accented the importance of Komitas’s creative work in development of music not only for Armenians, but also for other peoples of the East. 

Armenian Genocide of 1915 disrupts fertile activity of Komitas. Passing through the horrors of the Genocide and surviving the inhumane suffering, he lost his mental balance and was not healed until the end of his life. Komitas's works are diverse and reveals the expressiveness and nuances of the Armenian melody. 

Komitas's musical heritage is a major historical and cultural discovery. 

Yerevan State Conservatory, State String Quartet of Armenia, Chamber Music House, a music school in Stepanakert and other buildings are named after Komitas. Memorials to Komitas are erected in Yerevan, Etchmiadzin, Paris and elsewhere in the world.
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№ 2(63) 2023
№ 2(63) 2023
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