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Komitas Monument
Place du Canada, 75008
Paris

France

A monument to the prominent Armenian composer Komitas, commemorating the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. The idea of erecting this monument was born in the early 1980s, but it began materializing in 2001, when France officially recognized the Armenian Genocide.

Komitas was an Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer, and choirmaster, who is considered the founder of Armenian national school of music. He is recognized as one of the pioneers of ethnomusicology. During the Armenian Genocide along with hundreds of other Armenian intellectuals Komitas was arrested and deported to a prison camp in April 1915 by the Ottoman government. He was soon released under unclear circumstances and experienced a mental breakdown. The widespread hostile environment in Constantinople and reports of mass-scale Armenian death marches and massacres that reached him further worsened his fragile mental state. He died in a psychiatric clinic in Villejuif in 1935.

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