Aram Khachaturian (May 24 1903 – May 1, 1978) was a Soviet Armenian composer. Alongside Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, Khachaturian is sometimes dubbed as one of the three “titans” of Soviet music. Aram Khachaturian has been an iconic figure for generations of Armenian composers.
Most of his works are saturated with centuries-old motifs of Armenian culture. His works paved the way for new styles and daring explorations, although his own style was closely controlled by the regime. Khachaturian encouraged young composers to experiment with new sounds and find their own voices. This Sonata in C is a perfect example of these traits.