Alexander Spendiaryan – 150th Anniversary of Birth
Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia
The Lithuanian Mint
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: the monument to Spendiaryan (sculptors: A. Sargsyan, G. Chubaryan, architects: G. Aghababyan, F. Darbinyan, 1953) against the background of the Opera and Ballet Theater building in Yerevan (architect: A. Tamanyan, 1932) and a dancer.
Reverse: Spendiaryan’s portrait, note pages of the “Three Palms”, stylized images of a violin, inkwell and palm trees.
A brief annotation
Alexander Spendiaryan (1871-1928) is a great Armenian composer, conductor, pedagogue, a musical and social activist, People’s Artist of the Armenian SSR.
He lived mostly in the Crimea, got involved with conductor’s and musical and social activities. As a composer, he was influenced by Russian and Armenian cultures.
Spendiaryan played a great role in the formation of the Armenian National Composer School – he enriched Armenian music with new themes, expanded the genres, laid the foundation of the Armenian national symphony. His “Crimean Sketches”, “Three Palms”, “Yerevan Etudes” and other symphonic works are classic samples of Armenian symphonic music.
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