Արլ, Eng

Composer and musicologist Artur Shahnazaryan examines the legacy of Komitas, whose music evokes an entire ethos of homeland and belonging for Armenians. Komitas was many things in his life, among them composer, singer, priest, collector and arranger of folk songs, choirmaster, and scholar of the Medieval Armenian khaz notation system. Here, Shahnazaryan considers Komitas’s contributions to the preservation of Armenian folk music—and by extension, an entire culture that was at the brink of extinction at the turn of the 20th century—and why he holds such a sacred place and meaning in the Armenian consciousness.