Tofig Guliyev (Azerbaijani: Tofiq Quliyev; November 7, 1917, Baku - October 4, 2000, Baku) was an Azerbaijani and Soviet composer. Despite early-appeared music talent, he started to study music relatively late, when he was 12. Being a student of musical college, he wrote his first composition in 1931. It was a song «About Schoolboy» (text of Azerbaijan classic Mirza Alakbar Sabir). He entered Azerbaijan State Conservatoire in 1934, at two faculties at the same time. His conductor’s activity started in 1935. He worked in Azerbaijan State Drama Theater. Starting from 1938, Tofig Guliyev was involved in collection of folk music. He recorded folk songs, dances, mugams, and it was very valuable contribution in Azerbaijan study of folklore. Uzeir Hajibeyov initiated to send him to learn in Moscow State Conservatoire. In Moscow, in addition to classis music he was keen of pops music, in particular, of jazz. He created first State Pops Orchestra in 1939, and so became one of the founders of Azerbaijan jazz. He continued to study in Moscow Conservatoire in 1948, because the World War II interrupted his study. That time he entered both: composition and conducting faculties, and then post-graduate studies. The latter was successfully completed in 1954. All these years he performed as conductor, and wrote a number of symphonic and chamber compositions. He creates bright and memorizing music for theater and especially for movies.
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