Beth's Piano Studio

3790 Kersdale Place
Grove City, Ohio 43123


Featured Composer for November
Aram Khatchaturian


The featured composer this month is Aram Ilyich Khachaturian from the Contemporary era.


Khachaturian lived in Russia during the 1900’s. He did not study music until he was 19. He is considered to be one of the most original contemporary composers, and is known for his unique style which includes energetic rhythms, rich melodies, and use of folk songs.


He wrote works for orchestra, brass band, voice, various instruments in small groups, theater, ballet, and piano. One of his best-known works is “Sabre Dance” from the ballet “Gayaneh”.


Most of his piano works are in two volumes “Album for Children”, and include some of his best-known piano pieces. “Adventures of Ivan”, is an eight-piece set which tells about Ivan singing, being ill, going to a party, riding on a hobby horse, and other events in Ivan’s life. Two other well-known piano pieces are “Toccata” and “Sonatina”.


To earn a Khachaturian trading card, tell Beth the composer’s name, when they wrote music,  an interesting fact about the composer, and your favorite piece.