Turkmen composer Rejep Rejepov passed away

The People’s Artist of Turkmenistan wrote music for 59 films.

A renowned composer, People’s Artist of Turkmenistan Rejep Rejepov passed away. He turned 77 years old this year. His filmography includes the masterpieces of Turkmen cinematography, such as Quenching Thirst, Daughter-in-law, When a Woman Saddles a Horse, Jamal’s Tree and Magtymguly, the Turkmenistan: Golden Age News Agency reported on January 11.

The composer was seen to his last journey on January 10. Rejepov was born in 1944 in a small town Kizil-Arvat (present-day Serdar). His father Juma was a famous carpet artist, and his mother was a carpet weaver. At that time, people considered his family progressive, as they had a gramophone at home.

Rejepov became interested in music as a child. When he was 12, his father watched him skilfully playing the homemade pipe. He sent his son to study at the Republican musical boarding school. Rejep entered Danatar Ovezov Turkmen State Music College and performed in the orchestra of Magtymguly Opera and Ballet Theatre.

After graduating from the college, the future famous composer studied at P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, where his strong friendship with great Turkmen composer Nury Halmamedov began.

Rejepov scored to 2 films of the famous Turkmen film director Bulat Mansurov Quenching Thirst and A Slave. These compositions marked a turning point in his career.  He wrote music for 59 films and 2 operas Gyorogly and Tales of the Karakum Wind, symphonies and songs.

In 1977, Recep Rejepov became a member of the USSR Union of Composers. In 1989-1993, he headed the Union of Composers of Turkmenistan. Today, his music is often played on radio and television.

12 янв 2021, 17:54
Photo source: turkmenistan.gov.tm

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