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scene from Tigran Mansurian: Distance of sound
Galleryscene from Tigran Mansurian: Distance of sound
  • „In my music confessing has a very important place. I don’t know why. What feelings make me write the most? The feeling of guilt.”
                                                                                                                      Tigran Mansurian

    Tigran Mansurian: Confessing with Music

    When we think ‘Armenia’, ‘music’ and ‘nostalgia’, the person that comes to the mind is Tigran Mansurian. Born in Beirut in 1939, to survivors of the Armenian Genocide, he moved with his family to Armenia when he was eight years old. In this short documentary Mansurian talks about his life and work, about his connection to his spiritual forefather, the composer and monk Komitas, who was the first to record Armenia’s musical folklore and who, after the trauma of 1915, became mentally ill. We see Mansurian during rehearsals with his musician friends, at the keyboard and as he is composing – always engrossed and pensive or looking nostalgically to the past, for example, during concerts with violist Kim Kashkashian, as they play and sing together the songs of Komitas.

  • Tigran Mansurian: Confessing with Music
    direction: Hayk Hambartsum
    production: USA, 2010

  • “Lots of people think Aram Khachaturian was the greatest Armenian composer“. “But his music was very Westernized, very Russian. Tigran Mansurian is the true successor to Komitas. In his music one can really hear the soul of Armenia.”

    Hayk Hambartsum

    Hambartsum wasn’t directly inspired to make a documentary from this incident. But through continuous meetings with the composer, he thought up the idea of following Mansurian around with a camera. “I told him that I would like to speak with him and whether he‘d let me film him once a week,” explained Hambartsum. “Almost as a joke, he agreed to do it and said it would be a good idea. I only had a vague idea of what to do at first. All I did was turn on the camera, press record and let Mansurian talk. He would call me and invite me for tea. Wherever we would go, I had my camera with me.”