Charlie Chaplin and Armenian Music?!! And OTHER very COOL MUSIC!!

First, for the “other music” in my Subject title….in honor of Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, who passed away in his sleep Tuesday night.ย  I really like ZZ Top and wanted to mention Dusty today, and post THIS, which I love!

AND, for more serious music!….

A short essay on Charlie Chaplin and his love for the music of Komitas and the meeting with the famous Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian. ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—— ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ, ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑe and his connection with Komitas

Today (Z: not today, the 16th of April!) marks the birthday of Charlie Chaplin. He is considered as the greatest actor of 20th century and a person with unique human values. However, not many know that during the years of the Armenian Genocide Charlie Chaplin started a foundation to help Armenian children and transferred all the collected money to this fund.

Charlie traveled all over Europe in the 1920’s, where he raised 1 million USD (worth 15 million USD value nowadays) and donated all the money to help Armenian orphans fleeing the Ottoman Empire. He personally visited these children, helped build orphanages and special rehabilitation centers for Armenian orphans in Europe and the United States. It was during this time that Charlie made the famous movie “The Kid”, having co-actor a young poor boy, with sad and innocent character, somehow resembling Armenian orphans.

In 1965, world famous Armenian composer Aram Khachaturyan was invited to visit Switzerland, as part of a jury team for international musical competition. At that time Charlie was 76 years old, living an isolated life in a villa outside Geneva and rarely accepting to welcome any guest. Surprisingly, Aram Khachaturyan received an invitation message from Chaplin, requesting to host the composer as his villa.

After few hours of long conversation, Khachaturyan asked what is the mystery behind his sad face? With a silent smile, Chaplin took Khachaturyan to his private room where he opened a drawer revealing records of a violinist playing music of Armenian priest Komitas, known as the genius of Armenian music and pioneer of ethnomusicology. Chaplin said it is one of his favorites and he listens to it whenever in need of inner peace. Gifting one of the records to Khachaturyan, he added: “In life we think too much, feel too little. And the Armenian music is simply an endless ocean of pure emotions…”.

Z:ย  ย I actually played THIS PIECE for a large event when I was 15 years old!ย  HOW I did it, I’ll never know, but I’ve never forgotten it…..might have been my finest piano moment!!

ENJOY!!!ย  (NO, that is NOT ME playing!!)

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14 Responses to Charlie Chaplin and Armenian Music?!! And OTHER very COOL MUSIC!!

  1. kidme37 says:

    A nice colorized pic of Charlie Chaplin with Walt Disney.

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  2. bunkerville says:

    Impressive Z…. Fur Elise was about as far as I got… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. geeez2014 says:

    BUNKERVILLE…..I remember I was SO scared the day I played that…really important people were there, etc….but I DID it! It was that day I told my parents I won’t play publicly anymore…I was 15!
    But playing piano today is a real joy and I often tell my mother that, despite my yammering to stop taking lessons, I’m VERY glad she didn’t let me quit!!
    Also, I played keyboard in a band when I was in college…great fun.
    Fur Elise is GOOD ๐Ÿ™‚

    KID, thanks…very nice picture!!!

    The music of Komitas is amazing…it really surprised me that CHaplin was such a fan…


  4. kidme37 says:

    Sort of an interesting side to that being that Disney and Charlie were so interested and involved with kids. I didn’t know about Chaplin until I read this post today. As an aside, Mel Blanc who did all the voices for the Warner Bros cartoons used to go to children’s hospitals whenever he could and entrtain the kids. They always had to drag him out. Something else that is missing today it seems? is letting kids be kids.


  5. geeez2014 says:

    KID, we don’t allow kids to be kids…..and kids can’t just run out and play like we did because there’s a boogey man somewhere, or a nut with a gun or a rapist or WHATEVER..kidnapper, murderer…..
    And our teachers are destroying them with guilt instead of teaching them to read and write….
    It’s awful.

    I wish Chaplin and Walt and Mel were still around to TRY to combat this FOR THE KIDS!

    On a SIMILAR SUBJECT: I was cheered to see FIVE NAVY SEALS who are all Republicans and running for Congress on FOX this morning….The host asked them “Why do you want to run?” One said “I don’t! I just know we need to save America!!! And we’re the guys to do it…” If all five won, just that five, we’d win the House …. I wish that election was THIS YEAR. They were so tough and so dedicated to this country……and they have KIDS they want a better world for.


  6. geeez2014 says:

    I may break my rule and send these guys money……THESE MEN I STAND BY 1000%


  7. Baysider says:

    Oh my. You played that at ANY age? Amazing. We need a piezoelectric plate to capture all that kinetic energy! That story about Chaplin shows an interesting side. Who would have guessed? There is nothing like music for expression of heart and soul.


  8. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER, i”ll play you parts of it next time you’re here! it’s really very beautiful…. LOTS of energy. You won’t believe the fingering on one part of it!
    Yes, LOVE the Chaplin story I’d never heard…about Armenians OR Armenian children….very nice, for sure.


  9. Baysider says:



  10. My close high school friend, Dave Gedelian, introduced me to this Armenian song.


  11. MAL says:

    ED: WHA—-? Nuthin’ Armenian about that one!


  12. It’s right in the title and an Armenian (Gedellian) who explained the Holodomor to me in 1970 exposed me to it.


  13. geeez2014 says:

    ED, what’s the holodomor have to do with Armenians?
    This is weird!!!!!


  14. Sorry, I got my genocides confused.
    And the song was a poor attempt at humor.
    The Who were singing about Armenia and my friend and I always wondered why.


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