Famous people of Shusha

The people of Shusha made it the pearl of the Caucasus, the cradle of our culture, the mugham-singing heart of Azerbaijan

Famous people of Shusha

Zulfugar Hajibeyov

Zulfugar Hajibeyov (17 April 1884 – 30 September 1950) was an Azerbaijani composer and a member of a family noted for its musical talents. He was one of the founders of the Azerbaijan Music Comedy Theatre.

Zulfugar Hajibeyov was born in Shusha on 17 April 1884.

Zulfugar Hajibeyov’s brother Uzeyir Hajibeyov is considered the “Father of Classical Music” in Azerbaijan. Their brother Jeyhun was a publicist, journalist, and ethnographer, and helped Uzeyir compose the opera Layla and Majnun.

His son, Niyazi Hajibeyov, was also a composer, and directed the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra for 40 years.

Zulfugar Hajibeyov died on 30 September 1950. He is buried in the Alley of Honor in Baku, Azerbaijan. His house in Shusha is classified as a historical monument “bearing state importance” by Azerbaijan.

Works

Musical comedies

Title

Translated title

Year of release

Əlli yaşında cavan

Young at Fifty Years Old

1909

On bir yaşlı arvad

Eleven-Year-Old Woman

1911

Evli ikən subay

Single while Married

1911

Opera

Ashiq Garib (“The Wandering Ashiq”), after the anonymous Azerbaijani romantic dastan of the same name, 1915.

Film

With his son Niyazi, Zulfugar Hajibeyov wrote the music for one of the first films of Azerbaijan, Almaz, released in 1936.