by Clement Bailly No. 2
Email from Clement Bailly, grandson of Jeyhun Hajibeyli [brother of Uzeyir Hajibeyov], who lives in Paris. Posted on HAJIBEYOV.com with permission from the author.
To: Betty Blair, Editor of Azerbaijan International magazine and HAJIBEYOV.com, who lives in Los Angeles.
Issue: Researching the history of the Hajibeyov Family since so much was lost during the Soviet period and Uzeyir the composer was living in Baku while his brother, vehemently anti-Communist was forced to live in exile in Europe.
Occasion: Written a week after Clements return from his first trip to Baku on the occasion of the Azerbaijani World Congress meeting (November 9-10, 2001) to which Clement was invited as a guest from France.
I have spent the weekend trying to sort everything out, writing down my first impressions of what I have experienced and documented in my notes and microcassette tapes from my visit to Baku.
Now I have to start all over again rewriting my Grandpas biography [Jeyhun Hajibeyli]. There are so many new documents and so many more to collect especially now that I know now where to find them.
Role in Uzeyirs Music
As for Arshin Mal Alan and some of the other operas that were written before 1918, Ramazan always insisted that Uzeyir did everything and just happened to mention Jeyhun as co-author because he loved his younger brother so much.
However, another version is being suggested by the Director of the State Archives. He says that the two brothers collaborated on everything. That Uzeyir did the music and Jeyhun wrote the text.
Last week, Pascale Hadjibeyli, the widow of my father Timuchin by his second marriage, presented me with a collection of letters of condolences that she had saved from the Azerbaijani community after Jeyhuns death (1962). They confirm the second version of collaboration between the two brothers. Im convinced that the second version is true and that Jeyhun was involved with more musical works than just Leyli and Majnun.
Mal Alan in Paris - 1928
The Caucasian Review [published in Munich in the 1950s and which my father wrote about developments in Azerbaijan] should be checked, too. Audrey Aldstadt is starting a biography about my Grandpa, too. Betty, we are just starting.
[Additional comment on November 23, 2001: Nobody wants to know that Grandpa was the first anti-Communist. He started to fight the Soviets in 1920 in Paris and London.
Gather at Hajibeyov Home Museum
Ismayil Hajibeyov [composer and grandson of Uzeyirs uncle] was at the gathering. Farhad Badalbeyli [Rector of the Music Academy and grandson of the sister of Uzeyirs mother] must know exactly what has happened with the unfinished Cantata by Uzeyir called Firuza.
is still boiling. I have a lot of handwritten documents by Grandpa Jeyhun.
One is about my uncles death (Jeyhun Junior) in France during WWII.
Its so beautiful I have to translate it. Its great poetry
about life and death. He used to write down all his dreams, too, in small
books. Incredible. Lots of work. They did a TV document about Grandpas
life in Baku. Lider TV did it. Thank you again for this amazing HAJIBEYOV.com
and everything you are doing for AZ culture.
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