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Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Khachaturian (right)

Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Khachaturian (right)

Well, technically, he has been requiescat-ing in pace since May 1, 1978, but a brief homage is due.

One of the great three Soviet composers–along with Prokofiev and Shostakovich–Khachaturian is probably best known in the United States for the “Sabre Dance” theme from his ballet, Gayaneh.

[spotify http://open.spotify.com/track/0sWMePDbm9hQtK8Adfrn6u]

Point of trivia: The Soviet National Anthem (which remains the anthem of the Russian Federation, albeit with altered lyrics) was composed by Alexander Alexandrov and selected by Stalin from over 200 entrants to a contest in 1943. Shostakovich and Khachaturian’s joint entry was not selected, but became the Song of the Red Army.