This article is the back story to “Father Mother of Mine” a music video on You Tube. If you are curious about Mongolian classical music, below you will find information about Mongolian composer B. Sharav. If you’re just interested in the music video, scroll to the end of this page for the link to my YT channel.
“Father Mother of Mine” (Mong. “Аав ээж хоёр минь”) is one of the earlier compositions in Works for Piano (Volume 2, 2013)* by Byambasuren Sharav. In traditional Mongolian culture, it is not unusual for composers, artists, orators and scholars to honour their parents and lineage antecedents in this way; that is, in the modality of artistic expression being performed, in this instance, performed in euro-centric classical music’s notation.
The Mongolian Source of the Music
Fast forward to 2016: As I was packing my bags to fly out of Mongolia, I was presented with a complete collection of Byambasuren Sharav’s compositions for piano, all that were in print at that time. I sincerely thank D.Bilguun (see below), his nephew Temuulen (a morin khuur virtuoso!), Muntz, Uyanga and her mother for this now (2023) still treasured gift.
The Mongolian Composer of the Music
BIO: Byambasuren Sharav (1952-2019) (Mong. Бямбасүрэнгийн Шарав, Byambasürengiin Sharav) was a Mongolian composer and pianist. In this Mongolian name, the given name is Sharav. Byambasuren is a patronymic (a name derived from the name of a father or ancestor) not a family name.
Composer B.Sharav was born in Jargaltkhaan Sum in Khentii Aimag in Mongolia. As a child he learnt to play the piano accordion from his father. Later in life, as a music teacher at an elementary school, he began to compose children’s songs. From 1975 he studied at The Mussorgsky State Conservatoire in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast in what was the Soviet Union. He composed over 200 songs, the musical scores to more than twenty major motion pictures, eight concertos for Mongolian traditional folk instruments, three symphonies and four classical ballets. From a world music perspective, in 2000 he was also commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma for the Silk Road Project, for which he composed Legend of Herlen. Source: https://sharav.org/en/
Digital Nomads, the early days circa 2009
I very much enjoy playing this piano etude, with its subtle Beethoven-style classical dramatic texture and musical contrast techniques.
🎧 CP Visual piano cover version (2023): Father Mother of Mine on You Tube.
NOTE: B.Sharav’s original composition date for this etude for piano was not listed in the appendix at the back of the book and so I have noted the book’s publication date (2013).
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