Uzeir Hajibeyli

World-renowned composer, eminent music expert-scholar Uzeir Hajibeyli was born on 18 September 1885 in Aghjabedi. His parents were regarded as well-educated persons of the time.

His first education Uzeir received at a Russian-Turkish school in Shusha, then at the Gori Teachers Seminary (a high school specialized in training teachers).

After finishing the Seminary, Uzeir Hajibeyli arrived in Baku. Here, he gave lessons at schools and worked as a translator and journalist for newspapers.

In 1911, Uzeir Hajibeyli went to Moscow to receive musical education. At that time, he had already been known as the author of the opera “Leyli and Majnun”. By this work, he laid the foundation of the opera art in the Orient.

On 30 April 1937, the opera “Koroghlu” by the great composer was staged for the first time at the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Azerbaijan. This work was the summit of Uzeir Hajibeyli’s creativity.

Uzeir Hajibeyli is the author of the music comedies "Husband and wife", "O olmasyn bu olsun" (If not this one, that one), "Arshyn mal alan", and much more works of choir and orchestra, romance-ghazals etc.

The music of the state anthem of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan and today’s independent Azerbaijan belongs to Uzeir bey.

Uzeir Hajibeyli passed away on 23 November 1948.

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