Theatrum Phonosophicum – Avet Terterian

Theatrum Phonosophicum

Leopoldo Siano & Shushan Hyusnunts sind das Theater of the Knowledge through the Sound.

Inspiriert sind sie von Giacinto Scelsi, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Marius Schneider, John Cage, Athanasius Kircher, Giordano Bruno, Hermann Nitsch, La Monte Young, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Anselm Kiefer, Joseph Beuys, Kurt Schwitters, Sergei Paradjanov, Gabriele D’Annunzio.

“L’arte, come la magia, è una metafisica pratica”.
(Gabriele D’Annunzio, Il fuoco, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore: Verona 1949, p. 823)

Viele ihrer Arbeiten sind bei Soundcloud zu hören und ganz besonders interessant sind die Arbeiten mit der Musik Avet Terterians. Da ist zum Einen das dreiteilige Radioporträt (in deutscher und auch in italienischer Sprache), und dann >AKASHA. klang-raum Terterian , ein Gesamtkunstwerk.

Das Radioporträt wie auch Akasha können Sie hier hören, die Tracks sind nun eingebunden.

27.3.2019: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Sinfonie #3

East meets West – Saint-Saëns & Terterian

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra , conducted by Kyrill Karabits, performs Terterian’s Third Symphony in March.

Kirill Karabits CONDUCTOR
Harutyun Chkolyan Duduk/Zurna
Arshaluys Tadevosyan Duduk/Zurna

From the Webseite of the orchestra:

A true national composer who opened new ways in development of modern symphonic music, Avet Terterian’s unique creative vision puts his name amongst the most outstanding artists of our time. He developed an obsession with the mystique of the single sound, and this took him to paradoxical thresholds where profound meaning almost tips into absurdity, where hyper-expressivity almost tips into pure noise. The Third Symphony begins with arresting thumps on the timpani, not heralding anything else, just there as a kind of ritual incantation. Other ingredients include inscrutable bass-register grunts accompanied by fragile-sounding bells, almost inaudible passages of drifting microtones, and piercing bagpipe-like noises with whooping hornsand fearful grimaces on brass – all delivered with venomous intensity.

27. März 2019 in Poole (GB), Lighthouse

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Terterian’s 85th birthday


Competition: Yerevan State Conservatory in collaboration with the Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories is pleased to announce an International Young Musicologists’ and Ethnomusicologists’ Research Contest dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Armenian composer Avet Terterian (1929-94).

Deadline: Contest is administered online, and it invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit proposals (by August 01, 2014) and research papers (by October 01, 2014) to terterianstudentcomp at

Details: Especially welcome are research papers that address the following issues:

  • Avet Terterian and Symphonic Form in the Twentieth Century
  • Avet Terterian and Opera in the Twentieth Century
  • and Terterian’s Aesthetics in the Context of Soviet Ideology and Parallel Cultures in the 1970-90s.

Research papers will be evaluated on the merits of their scholarly approach to the interpretation of the problem, appropriateness of the analytic framework, and implications of their findings for specific fields of study. The best research papers will be published in the periodicals of the Conservatories of Yerevan, Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2015; these are monthly scholarly journals for music professionals and collective work editions for the general public.

Guidelines for proposals: no more than 250 words. In your e-mail, please supply:

  • Name(s)
    Institutional or Other Affiliation
    E-mail Address
    Research Paper Title
    Proposal (max. 250 words)
    Author’s Biography (max. 100 words)

Guidelines for complete texts of a research papers: no more than 7,000 words (40,000 characters/20 pages).
Russian publication requires Times New Roman, 14-point font size, 1.5 spacing, PDF format.
Acceptable languages are English, German, Russian, and Armenian.

Title page must contain:

  • Full Name of the Author(s)
  • Institutional or Other Affiliation
  • Field and Level of Study
  • Research Paper Title
  • Full Name of the Academic Advisor and His/Her Academic Status
  • Author’s E-mail Address

Inquiries concerning the contest’s procedures should be directed to Dr. Narine Avetisyan, atanz1969 at

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