Aram Khachaturian was a Soviet Armenian composer. Alongside Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, Khachaturian is
sometimes called one of the three "titans" of Soviet music. Khachaturian's works were often influenced by classical European
music and Armenian folk music.
Born in Tiflis to a poor Armenian family from Nakhichevan, Khachaturian moved to Moscow at the age of 19. He graduated from
the Moscow Conservatory in 1934. Khachaturian is famous for the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from his ballet Spartacus, and
for the "Sabre Dance" from his ballet Gayane and the adagio from the same ballet, much used in films and TV series around the