Born 27 July 1924 in Tbilisi. Died: February 1989. Studied at Tbilisi Music College from 1938-1942 and then at Georgian State Conservatory in Tbilisi from 1942-1947 (under Barkhudarian). Style Taktakishvili's music is characterized by his mild modality, the occasional parallelism and the folk instrument imitation. Sudden chromatic changes are common in his music. Modal alteration and alteration often function for tonal modulation