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Soghomon Soghomonian, ordained and commonly known as Komitas, (Armenian: Կոմիտաս; 8 October [O.S. 26 September] 1869 – 22 October 1935) was an Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer, and choirmaster, who is considered the founder of the Armenian national school of music. He is recognized as one of the pioneers of ethnomusicology.Orphaned at a young age, Komitas was taken to Etchmiadzin, Armenia's religious center, where he received education at the Gevorgian Seminary. Following his ordination as vardapet (celibate priest) in 1895, he studied music at the Frederick William University in Berlin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Komitas has received more than 276,631 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Komitas is the 184th most popular composer (up from 221st in 2019), the 300th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 334th in 2019) and the most popular Turkish Composer.

Komitas is most famous for being the composer of the Armenian national anthem.

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  • 47

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  • 5.32

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  • 3.58

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Among composers, Komitas ranks 184 out of 1,216Before him are Johann Stamitz, Giuseppe Torelli, Pauline Viardot, Michael Haydn, John Field, and Bohuslav Martinů. After him are Howard Shore, Siegfried Wagner, Luciano Berio, Louis Spohr, Max Reger, and Johann Joachim Quantz.

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Among people born in 1869, Komitas ranks 19Before him are Kasturba Gandhi, Maud of Wales, Rudolf Otto, Frederick Trump, Calouste Gulbenkian, and Christian Lous Lange. After him are Siegfried Wagner, Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria, Henri Désiré Landru, Emilio Aguinaldo, Prince George of Greece and Denmark, and Felix Salten. Among people deceased in 1935, Komitas ranks 23Before him are Paul Dukas, Henri Barbusse, Jane Addams, Hugo de Vries, Hugo Junkers, and John Macleod. After him are Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia, Henri Pirenne, Josef Suk, Mihajlo Pupin, Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, and Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Komitas ranks 300 out of 1,301Before him are Theodora (815), John VII Palaiologos (1370), Barsine (-363), Antiochus VII Sidetes (-159), Aratus (-315), and Seleucus IV Philopator (-217). After him are Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha (1635), Constantine Laskaris (1170), Ptolemy Philadelphus (-36), Alexander Ypsilantis (1792), Thrasymachus (-459), and Nebahat Çehre (1944).

Among COMPOSERS In Turkey

Among composers born in Turkey, Komitas ranks 1After him are Tigran Chukhajian (1837), Ahmet Adnan Saygun (1907), Manolis Kalomiris (1883), and Necil Kazım Akses (1908).