Conference 2019

  • KOMITAS AND HIS LEGACY
    International Conference
    on the occasion of Komitas Vardapet’s 150th birthday
    8-10 October, 2019
    Berlin – Halle

    Organized by:
    Komitas Museum-Institute
    Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the Federal Republic of Germany
    Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
    Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

    Sponsored by:
    Ardshinbank

    Organizing Comitee:
    H.E. Ashot Smbatyan
    Nikolay Kostandyan
    Mher Navoyan (Chair)
    Armenuhi Drost-Abgarjan
    Meliné Pehlivanian
    Anna Arevshatyan
    Lilit Yernjakyan
    Lusine Sahakyan
    Tatevik Shakhkulyan
    Gayane Amiraghyan
    Lilit Harutyunyan
    Nane Misakyan

    8 October
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Department of Musicology and Media Studies
    Am Kupfergraben 5, 10117 Berlin

    09:00-09:30
    Laying of flowers at the memorial desk of Komitas

    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Ceremonial Hall
    Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin

    09:30-10:00
    REGISTRATION

    10:00-10:30
    OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE

    Greeting Speeches
    Prof. Dr. SABINE KUNST, President of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    H.E. ASHOT SMBATYAN, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia in the Federal Republic of Germany

    Dr. ARAYIK HARUTYUNYAN, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia

    Prof. Dr. SEBASTIAN KLOTZ, Professor of Transcultural Musicology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Dr. NIKOLAY KOSTANDYAN, Director of Komitas Museum-Institute

    10:30-11:15
    KEYNOTE SPEECHES

    Komitas’s Role and Significance in the History of Armenian Culture (E)
    Prof. Dr. MHER NAVOYAN (Armenia)

    Komitas as a European: Traces of European Musical Thinking and Art of Composition in his Selected Works (G)
    Prof. Dr. THOMAS BUCHHOLZ (Germany)

    11:15-11:30
    Coffee break

    11:30-13:30
    FIRST SESSION
    KOMITAS AND GERMANY

    Komitas and his Role in Armenian-German Relations (G)
    Prof. Dr. ARMENUHI DROST-ABGARJAN (Germany)

    Komitas’s Berlin Period of Creation (E)
    Dr. TATEVIK SHAKHKULYAN (Armenia)

    Richard Wagner and Komitas Vardapet (E)
    Dr. LUSINE SAHAKYAN (Armenia)

    The Art and the Books of Manrusum in the Light of Komitas’s Studies (E)
    Prof. Dr. ANNA AREVSHATYAN (Armenia)

    13:30-15:00
    Lunch break

    15:00-16:30
    SECOND SESSION
    KOMITAS AND MUSIC FOLKLORE

    Komitas and the Problems of Armenian Music Folkloristics (A)
    Prof. Dr. ALINA PAHLEVANYAN (Armenia)

    Multilingualism and Identity in Armenian Bardic Tradition in the Light of Komitas’s Conceptions (E)
    Prof. Dr. LILIT YERNJAKYAN (Armenia)

    Komitas’s Transcription of the Song Mšec‘oc‘ bingyol (A)
    Dr. MARIANNA TIGRANYAN (Armenia)

    Archetype of a Maiden Warrior in Eastern Slavonic and German Musical Tradition in their Comparative Characteristics (E)
    Dr. TETIANA KAPLUN (Ukraine)

    Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
    Otto-Braun Hall
    Potsdamer Straße 33, 10785 Berlin

    18:30-19:00
    OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION
    Greeting speech
    Dr. h.c. BARBARA SCHNEIDER-KEMPF, General Director of Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

    INTRODUCTION TO THE EXHIBITION
    MELINE PEHLIVANIAN, Curator of the Exhibition
    SILVINA DER-MEGUERDITCHIAN, Designer of the Exhibition

    9 October
    Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
    Aula / Löwengebäude
    Universitätsplatz 11, 06108 Halle (Saale)

    09:30-11:30
    Arrival from Berlin in Halle

    11:30-12:00
    GREETING SPEECHES
    Prof. Dr. KLAUS NÄUMANN (Professor of Ethnomusicology at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)
    Dr. Prof. CLAUDE MUTAFIAN (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)

    12:00-14:00
    THIRD SESSION
    KOMITAS IN THE CONTEXT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY RELATIONS (I)

    Komitas as an Ethnomusicologist: an Attempt to Comparative Scientific and Historical Classification (G)
    Prof. Dr. KLAUS NÄUMANN (Germany)

    Concept of National in Komitas’s Perception (E)
    Prof. Dr. MHER NAVOYAN (Armenia)

    The Archive of Breitkopf & Härtel Publishing House: Documents for Komitas-Research (G)
    Dr. THEKLA KLUTTIG (Germany)
    Dr. LILIT HARUTYUNYAN (Armenia)

    Oskar Fleischer and Komitas (G)
    HELMUT SANDECK (Germany)

    14:00 – 15:30
    Lunch break

    15:30-17:30
    FOURTH SESSION
    KOMITAS IN THE CONTEXT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY RELATIONS (II)

    The Languages of Musical Terms in Komitas’s Piano Works (E)
    MARIA LUCIA ALIFFI (Italy)

    Substrate Symbolism of Komitas’s Work and the Issue of its Dating (G)
    Dr. ARSEN BOBOKHYAN (Armenia)

    Komitas and Armenian Art (E)
    Prof. Dr. LEVON CHOOKASZYAN (Armenia)

     

    10 October
    Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
    Aula / Löwengebäude
    Universitätsplatz 11, 06108 Halle (Saale)

    09:00-11:30
    FIFTH SESSION
    KOMITAS AND MEDIEVAL MUSIC CULTURE

    The Rite of the Foot Washing in the Medieval Music Culture: Textology vs Hermeneutics
    (about the prospects for comparative studies) (E)
    Dr. MARINA EGOROVA (Russia)

    Sacred Tałs Transcribed by Komitas (A)
    Dr. ASTGHIK MUSHEGHYAN (Armenia)

    The Armenian Second Mode and Dies Irae Sequence (A)
    NANE MISAKYAN (Armenia)

    Komitas’s Manuscriptological and Neumological Studies Revisited (E)
    Dr. ARUSYAK TAMRAZYAN (Armenia)

    Concerning a Principle of Komitas’s Method of the Analyse of Modes (based on the example of Etchmiadzin’s and New-Julfa’s Chants of Armenian sacred music) (G)
    Dr. GAYANE AMIRAGHYAN (Armenia)

    11:30-12:00
    Coffee break

    12:00-13:00
    SIXTH SESSION
    THE ARTS IN THE TIME PERIOD OF REPRESSIONS

    Komitas and the Armenian life in the Ottoman Empire (G)
    Prof. Dr. ELKE HARTMANN (Germany)

    Creation and Mourning (E)
    RITA SOULAHIAN KUYUMJIAN (Canada)

    13:00-14:00
    SUMMARIZATION AND DISCUSSION OF PERSPECTIVES

     


     


  • MHER NAVOYAN -
    Doctor of Arts, musicologist-medievalist, Honored Worker of Art of RA, Head of the Folk Music Department of the Institute of Arts of the National Academy of Sciences of RA, Professor at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Komitas Museum-Institute, Artistic Director of the ‟Geghard” Vocal Ensemble. Navoyan is
    THOMAS BUCHHOLZ -
    Doctor, Professor Thomas Buchholz is a composer and musicologist. After gaining a specialisation of a piano manufacturer and a piano tuner at Blüthner Piano Factory, he studied composition (under G. Neubert’s tutelage), solo singing and musical pedagogy at Leipzig Music School, from which he graduated with a certificate (1988). Then, parallel to teaching at the
    ARMENUHI DROST-ABGARJAN -
    Armenuhi Drost-Abgarjan is a Doctor, Professor, Armenologist, specialist in Byzantine studies and Oriental studies. She graduated from the Department of Armenian Philology of Yerevan State University (1977) and did her post-graduate studies at the Institute of World Literature of Russian Academy of Sciences (under the supervision of Sergey Averintsev). Starting from 1985, she has been
    TATEVIK SHAKHKULYAN -
    Musicologist, PhD in Arts, Head of the Research Department of the Komitas Museum-Institute, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Arts of the National Academy of Arts of RA, Lecturer at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Liaison Officer for Armenia at the International Council for Tradition Music. She defended her dissertation thesis at the Institute
    LUSINE SAHAKYAN -
    Musicologist, PhD in Arts, Assistant Professor, Head of the Chair of Music History of the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. L. Sahakyan undertook graduate and postgraduate studies at the Komitas state Conservatory. She defended her dissertation thesis at the Institute of Arts of the National Academy of Sciences of RA in 2007. Sahakyan is the
    ANNA AREVSHATYAN -
    Doctor of Arts, musicologist, Honored Worker of Art of RA, Leading Researcher at the Institute of Arts of the National Academy of Sciences of RA and a Professor at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. She is a member of the Composers Union of Armenia, International Association of Byzantine Studies (AIEB), Verein zur Erforschung der
    ALINA PAHLEVANYAN -
    Alina Pahlevanyan is an ethnomusicologist, PhD in Arts, Professor, Honored Worker in Art of RA. Pahlevanyan has been a consultant on folklore at the State Ensemble of Armenian Song and Dance and at the State Committee of the Armenian Radio and TV. She was the Head of the Chair of Armenian Folk Music Studies of
    LILIT YERNJAKYAN -
    Musicologist, Doctor of Arts, Professor, Honored Worker of Art of RA, Leading Researcher at the Institute of Arts of the National Academy of Sciences of RA, Professor at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Corresponding Member of the Ararat International Academy of Sciences (Paris), International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), a member of the Composer’s
    TETIANA KAPLUN -
    Musicologist, PhD in Art, Associate Professor of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Culturology of the Odessa National A. V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music. She received her music education at the Odessa Сollege of Music (Department of Theory of Music, 1984) and the Odessa State A. V. Nezhdanova Conservatory (musicology, 1989). She worked as a
    KLAUS NÄUMANN -
    Klaus Näumann studied music pedagogy at Dresden Music Academy (1993-1997; jazz, rock and pop music, as well as electric guitar music). In 1998-2002, he studied comparative musicology at the Free University of Berlin. In 2004, he defended his thesis entitled ‟Parang Music in Trinidad”. In 2015, he received his PhD from Cologne University defending his
    MHER NAVOYAN -
    THE CONCEPT OF NATIONAL IN KOMITAS’S PERCEPTION The emphasis on national identity in Komitas’s heritage determines his place and role in the history of Armenian music. His historical role of being the founder of the Armenian national school of composition is devised around this fact. National identity, as the creative and contemplative baseline, has two
    THEKLA KLUTTIG -
    Dr. Thekla Kluttig studied history and political science in Bonn and Hamburg in 1987-1992. In 1995-1997, she defended her PhD thesis on the study of the GDR and was a higher archive service intern. Since then, she has been working in the Saxon archive administration as the head of the department in the main state
    LILIT HARUTYUNYAN -
    Lilit Harutyunyan is a musicologist-medi¬evalist, researcher at the Komitas Mu¬seum-Institute and at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Head of the Bibliography, Recording and Digitization Department at the Music Library. L. Ha­rutyunyan received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Department of Musicology of the Komitas State Con¬servatory. In 2018, she defended her PhD thesis
    HELMUT SANDECK -
    Pathologist, expert in Caucasian studies, Armenologist, Candidate of Philosophical Sciences. In 1982-1988, he studied medicine in Leipzig receiving a qualification of a doctor having graduating from Bad Berka Secondary School in Thuringia in 1980. In 1988-89, he received supplementary education in church music as an organist in Eisenach. In 1988-1997, he started his medical career
    MARIA LUCIA ALIFFI -
    Associated Professor in General Linguistics – Historical Linguistics, Department of Humanities at the University of Palermo. She is a coordinator of Degree Course in “Modern Languages and Translation for International Relations” and a coordinator of Master post-lauream in “Subtitling for Deaf and Audio-description for Blind”. She teaches “Linguistics of the XX and the XXI century”,
    ARSEN BOBOKHYAN -
    Archaeologist, culturologist, PhD in History, Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Tübingen, Deputy Director and a leading researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of NAS RA. Bobokhyan graduated from the Department of History of Yerevan State University (1997), and then was a post-graduate student at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of
    LEVON CHOOKASZIAN -
    Doctor of Arts, Professor. In 1974 L. Chookaszian graduated from the Department of Armenian Language and Literature, Faculty of Philology, Yerevan State University. In 1978 he started working at the Center for Armenian Studies of Yerevan State University. Since 1978, parallel to scientific work, he has taught Armenian and Ancient Art and other disciplines at
    MARINA EGOROVA -
    PhD in Philology, Assistant Professor at the Chair of Old Russian Singing Art of the N. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conserva¬tory in Saint Petersburg, Senior Researcher of the Research Laboratory of Russian Musical Medievistics in Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory. Egorova received a PhD from the Saint Petersburg State University in 1996. She is the author of a monograph,
    ASTGHIK MUSHEGHYAN -
    Musicologist-medievalist, PhD in Arts, Senior Researcher at the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts Matenadaran, a member of Verein zur Erforschung der Monodie (Austria). She has published the study The Armash Monastery Musical Traditions (in the book: The Armash Seminary, Yerevan, 1998, part 2). She has presented papers at a number of local and international
    NANE MISAKYAN -
    Musicologist-medievalist, researcher at the Komitas Museum-Institute. She graduated from the Departments of Musicology and Composition of the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. Misakyan is the author of numerous articles and a participant of international conferences. She is also engaged in teaching. The scope of her scientific studies focuses on a range of problems related to
    ARUSYAK TAMRAZYAN -
    Arusyak Tamrazyan studied at Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan at the Departments of Musicology (1998-2003) and Organ (2000-2005). Since 2005, she has been working as a senior researcher at the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts ‟Matenadaran” at the Department of the Art History and Schools of Miniature Painting, as well as at the Department
    GAYANE AMIRAGHYAN -
    Musicologist-medievalist, PhD in Arts, researcher at the Institute of Arts of the National Academy of Sciences of RA and at the Komitas Museum-Institute, a member of Verein zur Erforschung der Monodie (Austria). Amiraghyan has graduated from the Department of Musicology of the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan and has undertaken her post-graduate studies at the
    ELKE HARTMANN -
    Elke Hartmann studied history and Islamic studies at the Free University of Berlin. She graduated from the Institute of Islamic Studies of the same university earning a degree of a Doctor of Philosophy for research on the topic on conscription in the Ottoman Empire. She defended a postdoctoral thesis on the life and personal testimonies
    RITA SOULAHIAN KUYUMJIAN -
    Rita Suluhian Kuyumjian graduated from Yerevan State Medical University. As a psychiatrist she specialized in McGill University in Montreal. Currently she is an associate professor of psychiatry in McGill University, where she has been teaching for thirty-five years. She is also the Director of Psychiatric Outpatient Department of St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal. She is