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Archeology of Madness: Komitas, Portrait of an Armenian Icon

Soulahian Kuyumjian, Rita

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ISBN 10: 1903656109 / ISBN 13: 9781903656105
Published by United Kingdom: Taderon Pr, 2002
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The most popular Armenian classical composer of his time, Komitas (1869Ė1935) is still on every concert program of classical Armenian music. Komitasís creative work was cut short by the Armenian Genocide of 1915Ė16. After surviving a death camp, Komitas developed a severe form of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and spent twenty years in virtual silence in mental asylums. In this thoughtful biography, Rita Kuyumjian examines three seldom-addressed aspects of the composerís life: his relationship with an Armenian singer, Margaret Babayan; his mental illness; and his relationship with the Armenian church. In this gently flowing narrative, based on extensive archival research, the fragile sanity of Komitasís mutilated soul comes to life, engulfing the reader in the tempest that once roared in the great Armenian composerís afflicted mind. Beside the elucidation of the complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, the authorís meticulous exploration of Komitasís private life, love, fears, and demons paints a picture of a delicate creativity trapped in a painful solitude. "A pioneering achievement." --Vahé Oshagan "A unique and fascinating book, both in terms of Komitasís biography . . . and also the emergence of a clear, new, diagnostic category of PTSD psychosis." --Dr D. Turkington, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Psychiatrist "Original. . . . It brings to relief the psychiatric dimension of the toll of the Armenian Genocide." --Vahakn N. Dadrian "A thoughtful and enlightening book. . . . A fascinating history of a psychiatric illness." -- Joel Paris, M.D., F R C P. (C), Chair, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University "Komitasís relationship with Margaret is both fascinating and movingly told." --Jirair Libaridian, Ph.D. About the Author Rita Kuyumjian M.D. F.R.C.P.(C) is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal. She is the director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Department at St. Maryís Hospital. *****Shipping insurance or registered packages fee to outside of the USA is not included in total price. Please contact for more information. Seller is not responsible for uninsured packages. ***** Shipping Rate as of Feb. 1st, 2013 for items outside of the USA has been change for items over 4 Lbs. please contact seller before order. Shipping insurance or registered packages fee to outside of the USA is not included in total price. Please contact for more information. Seller is not responsible for uninsured packages. ***** Shipping Rate as of Feb. 1st, 2013 for items outside of the USA has been change for items over 4 Lbs. please contact seller before order. Shipping insurance or registered packages fee to outside of the USA is not included in total price. Please contact for more information. Seller is not responsible for uninsured packages. Bookseller Inventory # 121807-12

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Title: Archeology of Madness: Komitas, Portrait of ...

Publisher: United Kingdom: Taderon Pr

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 2nd Edition

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A psychiatrist looks into the tortured psyche of Komitas, the great compiler and arranger of Armenian folk music. After surviving a death camp, Komitas developed a severe form of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and spent twenty years in virtual silence in mental asylums.

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Two great strands of human life are interwoven in the Armenian psyche: suffering and art. Komitas's life combines both to create a tragic yet delightful tapestry of an artist's life.

Born in Kütahya, Turkey, in 1869, Komitas rose from orphan street urchin to prominence as an internationally recognized musicologist. He popularized Armenian classical music by organizing mixed choirs in many cities with large Armenian populations. Komitas was idolized by the members of the choirs, who came to see him as the savior of their musical heritage.

His quest was to rediscover the pre-Christian roots of Armenian ecclesiastic music, to bring high standards to performances of Armenian folk music, and to build a conservatory of music to promote musical education. His melancholic songs exert a profound healing effect on listeners and draw audiences, Armenian and non-Armenian alike, to their feet.

Komitas, the founder of Armenian classical music, became a symbol of the Armenian suffering of the 1915 genocide in Turkey. He was elevated in the eyes of Armenians to martyrdom.

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