Arapov began as a pianist, but a disease of the hand ended his performing career and prompted him to enter the Petrograd Conservatory in 1923 to study composition. He took a position as teacher at that university soon after graduation and was appointed professor in 1940. He was head of the composers' section, a board member of the Composers' Union and holds the Red Banner of Labour. His compositions are mainly large-scale and are programmaticRead more with colorful orchestration. He has made field studies of the folk music of Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, China, and Korea, and utilizes these styles in his work. Read less
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