Spring 2001 (9.1)
110th Jubilee of Jeyhun Hajibeyli (1891-1962), the younger brother
of Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli (now known as Hajibeyov),
was celebrated at the Hajibeyov Home Museum in Baku in March
Jeyhun was born in February 1891 in Shusha, an area that is now
occupied by Armenians. A man of many talents, he assisted his
older brother Uzeyir in writing the opera "Leyli and Majnun"
(1908), though his involvement has not always been acknowledged
because of Jeyhun's later political affiliations.
Beginning in September 1918, Jeyhun served as the first editor-in-chief
for the "Azerbaijan" newspaper, the official organ
of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, Azerbaijan's first brief
attempt at self-government. During Jeyhun's tenure as editor,
the newspaper's articles and satires covered the Republic's socio-political
situation and the danger of occupation that was hanging over
When the Soviets seized power in 1920, Jeyhun was traveling in
Paris and could not return for fear that he would be imprisoned
for his political involvement. He remained in France and wrote
books about Azerbaijan such as "Haji Karim" and "Garabagh's
(Karabakh's) Dialect and Folklore." An archive of Jeyhun's
work and documents, retrieved by Ramiz Abutalibov during a visit
to France, is now available to researchers at Azerbaijan's Central
State Archive of Literature and Art.
(9.1) Spring 2001.
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