Indeed, Hajibeyov did provide lodging for the boy and, after being convinced of his musical abilities, the composer enrolled him in the Zeynalli Baku College of Music. Khanmammadov would go on to develop into a fine tarist Khanmammadov composed his first song Gozal pari ("Beautiful Nymph") in 1942. In 1946 he was sent to Tabriz, then ruled by the Soviet-backed Azerbaijan People's Government to found a philharmonic orchestra but after the Soviets' withdrawal returned to Baku. In 1947, Khanmammadov was admitted to the Azerbaijan State Conservatory to study folk music and musical composition taught by Hajibeyov and Gara Garayev respectively.
He graduated in 1952. It was Garayev who challenged him to write a concerto for tar and symphonic orchestra for his graduation piece. Khanmammadov also wrote two successful musical comedies: Bir dagiga ("One Minute", 1961; lyrics by Maharram Alizadeh) about the life of oil workers; and Butun arlar yakhshidir ("All Husbands Are Good" , 1971; lyrics by Alexander Khaldeyev in Russian). He also composed about 150 vocal songs, many of which were written specifically for the plaintive voice of Shovkat Alakbarova. In addition to his work as a composer, Khanmammadov was involved in administration as Director of the Azerbaijan Musical Comedy Theatre in 1944–1948), Artistic Director of the Azerbaijan State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble in 1952–1954, and Director of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society in 1966–1968. Khanmammadov's contribution to Azerbaijani music was acknowledged on the State level with the following awards: Honorary Art Worker of Azerbaijan (1967), People's Artist of Azerbaijan (1988), Professor of the Azerbaijan State Conservatory (1993), Order of Honor (1998), and the coveted Presidential monthly benefit since 2001. Khanmammadov was 87 when he died. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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