Aram Khachaturian

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Birthday
6, 1903
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
May 1, 1978 (74)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
6, 1903
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
May 1, 1978 (74)

About

Soviet Armenian composer known for his ballets Spartacus and Gayane, which contain some of his most recognizable music, including "the Sabre Dance."

Before Fame

He was admitted to the prestigious Gnessin Institute, despite having no formal training, because of the scope of his talent.

Trivia

He received a number of awards for his work, including four Stalin prizes, one Lenin prize, and one USSR State Prize. He was also named a Hero of Socialist Labor.

Family Life

His nephew Karen Khachaturian also became a well-known composer.

Associated With

His "Adagio" from the ballet Gayane was used in the Stanley Kubrick film 2001 a Space Odyssey.