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Agababov (Agababyan) Sergey Artemyevich is the author of the first Dagestan symphony

Agababov (Agababyan) Sergey Artemyevich (25. 10. 1926, Makhachkala - 23. 10. 1959) - the most famous Dagestan composer, author of the first Dagestan symphony (1959). Died in plane crash (23. 10. 1959)

In 1951 Sergey Agababov graduates with honors at the same time from both the Dagestan medical institute, and musical school in which in theoretical objects was engaged at G. A. Gasanov and wrote the first songs - “Daughter of Dagestan“ and “Song of oil industry workers“.
B S. Agababov comes 1952 to the Moscow state conservatory, to a class of composition of A. N. Aleksandrov. Upon termination of with honors basic course of training is accepted in postgraduate study (the head - Yu. A. Shaporin).

These years S. Agababov proves as the uncommon composer. He writes music both in tool, and in vocal genres, uses dagsky national melodies and seeks to transfer national color in the works.

Sergey Artemyevich derives creative inspiration during folklore expeditions across Dagestan which result became written to them vokalno - the symphonic suite “Dagestan Songs“ in 6 - ti parts. Among works of student`s years there is S. Agababova: for an orchestra - “The Dagestan suite on subjects of the Lezghin national melodies“ (1954, Moscow); for a piano - “A children`s album“ (1951), “Toccata“ (1955); for a violin and a piano - “Suite“ (1951), “Variations“ (1951); for mezzo - a soprano and a bass accompanied by a piano - the vocal cycle “From Poetry of the Past“ on E. Kapiyev`s verses.

In 1954 Sergey Agababov was the first part of the Union of composers of Dagestan. In postgraduate years S. Agababov creates cantatas “The Narration About Freedom“ and “Labor Day“ (both - 1958) for the soloist, the mixed chorus and a symphonic orchestra. In parallel with large musical genres writes vocal miniatures and songs, many of which became popular: “A free scope“ (verses - Yu. Polukhin), “As girlfriends“ (Ya. Kozlowski), “On mountain roads“ quarreled, “I was already big“ (R. Gamzatov), “Sings an accordion“ (O. Mukhin), “I wait“ (M. Bakhshiyev), “Lamb“ (M. Gairbekov), etc. With the song “Lamb“ on the Soviet platform the young singer Nina Dorda shines. S. Agababov`s song on A. Hamavov`s words “my Moscow“ in 1956 was awarded 1 - y awards of the All-Union competition on the best song about Moscow.

Creative range of the composer is many-sided. He writes also songs for children, and music to drama performances, creates processings of national songs and dances. One of the most considerable compositions of S. Agababov is the incomplete symphony. Also there were unfinished piano concert and chastushkas for a variety orchestra, romances “Fall“ on A. Blok`s verses and “Zeytunsky march“ (“From the Armenian poetry“). There was unrealized also a plan of the ballet “Sulak Is the Witness“ according to M. Hurshilov`s novel.

In 1958 - 1959, along with musical creativity, Sergey Artemyevich is published in Dagestanskaya Pravda and Komsomolets Dagestana newspapers, writes the book “Figures of Musical Art of Dagestan“. The book will appear in Makhachkala publishing house in 1960, after tragic death of the composer.

In 1960 to S. Agababov the rank “The honored worker of arts of Dagestan ASSR“ is posthumously given. The name of Sergey Artemyevich Agababov is cut by gold letters on a marble slab on the building of the Union of composers of Dagestan. Also music schools of the cities of Kaspiysk and the Dagestan Fires are called a name of S. A. Agababov.

On December 2, 2010 in Makhachkala, on a house wall down the street Buynaksk, 51 where the outstanding Dagestan composer was born and grew up, opened a memorial board.