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Music-Related Terms in Armenian

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Music is a universal language, and for those learning Armenian, understanding music-related terms can greatly enhance your appreciation of the country’s rich cultural heritage. Here are some essential words and phrases to help you discuss music in Armenian.

Երաժշտություն (Yerazhshtutyun) – Music
This term refers to music in general. It is an essential word that you’ll come across in any discussion about Armenian musical traditions or when you want to talk about music genres and preferences.
Ես սիրում եմ լսել այլ երկրների երաժշտություն: (I love listening to music from other countries.)

Նոտ (Not) – Note
This refers to a musical note, the basic unit of music that indicates the pitch and duration of a sound.
Բաց մի թող որևէ նոտ երգդ մեջ: (Don’t miss any note in your song.)

Կլան (Klan) – Tune
“Klan” in Armenian means a melody or tune. It insinuates the succession of musical sounds forming a distinctive sequence.
Դիտավորիչը սկսեց նվիրական կլան երգել: (The singer began to perform a celebratory tune.)

Հարվածք (Harvatsk’) – Rhythm
Rhythm is the timed movement through space, an important element in music as well as dance, and “Harvatsk’” is the word used to describe it in Armenian.
Հարվածքը հիմքն է բոլոր ժանրերի համար: (Rhythm is the foundation for all genres.)

Սիմֆոնիա (Simfonia) – Symphony
A symphony is an extended musical composition, and in Armenian, it is referred to as “Simfonia.” These are usually composed for orchestral performances.
Մենք գնացինք լսելու Բեթհովենի նոր սիմֆոնիան: (We went to listen to Beethoven’s new symphony.)

Զույգ երգչախումբ (Zuyg ergchakhumb) – Duet
A duet is a performance by two singers or musicians. In Armenian, it is called a “Zuyg ergchakhumb.”
Նրանք երգեցին զույգ երգչախումբ հրաշալի երգ: (They sang a wonderful duet song.)

Օպերա (Opera) – Opera
Opera combines music with texts (libretto) and is performed in an opera house. In Armenian, it is simply called “Opera.”
Ես այցելել եմ օպերայում լսելու Վերդիի «Լա Տրավիատա»: (I visited the opera to listen to Verdi’s “La Traviata.”)

Ճանապարհական երգեր (Chanaparhakan yerger) – Folk Songs
Folk songs are traditional songs that reflect the cultural life of a community. In Armenian: “Chanaparhakan yerger.”
Հայկական ճանապարհական երգերը հիանալի են: (Armenian folk songs are wonderful.)

Ռիթմիկ ապակե (Ritmik apake) – Metronome
A metronome is a device used by musicians to mark time at a selected rate by giving a regular tick. In Armenian, it’s called “Ritmik apake.”
Սովորեցեք ռիթմիկ ապակեի հետ լուռ ռիթմը գտնելու: (Learn to find the silent rhythm with the metronome.)

Մեղեդի (Meghedi) – Harmony
Harmony in music is the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords. The Armenian term for this is “Meghedi.”
Մեղեդին շատ կարևոր է երաժշտությամբ: (Harmony is very important in music.)

Learning these music-related terms will not only boost your Armenian vocabulary but also give you a deeper insight into the musical panorama of Armenia. Whether you’re discussing classical compositions or humming along to folk songs, these words are the keys to unlocking a harmonious conversation about Armenian music.

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