I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to all who replied to my posting
about Felix Glonti, either to the list or off-line to me personally.
Thanks also to the dozens of listeners from around the world who visited
the site and downloaded the MP3 files of Glonti's music that I made
available there. As several people noted, there is not a great abundance
of resources on-line concerning Georgian composers in general (with the
exception of Qancheli). I am delighted to hear that some of you believe
that my hastily-assembled and technically unsophisticated web-page is a
small step toward filling this gap.
Among those who replied are several who already have an acquaintance
with modern Georgian music, and who expressed a desire to know about
composers such as Tsintsadze, Taktakishvili and Machavariani. To be
frank, I wish I knew more myself. Researchers who have studied 20th-
century Georgian intellectual and cultural life have for the most part
focused on the milieux of literature, theatre, film, social science and
history, to the detriment of classical music. (Traditional Georgian
folk music, by contrast, has received considerable attention from
ethnomusicologists). The few hours I spent his past winter conversing
with Felix Ghlonti -- as well as listening to him play excerpts of his
music -- have convinced me that we need to devote much more effort to
documenting the music, and life stories, of Georgian composers of the
One final observation: Those interested in hearing more work by Georgian
composers should consider a visit to their local video- rental outlet.
Qancheli, Glonti and many other first-rate composers wrote film scores,
some of them excellent. And of course, since Georgia had one of the
most active and innovative film studios in the USSR, the movies themselves
are not so shabby either!
with my best wishes,
Felix Glonti web page