Gara Abulfaz oglu Garayev (December 5, 1918 in Baku – May 13, 1982 in Moscow) was an Azerbaijani composer. His name is also spelled Qara Qarayev, or the Russified form, Kara Karayev (Кара Абульфазович Караев). Gara Garayev wrote nearly 110 pieces, including ballets, operas, symphonic and chamber pieces, piano solos, cantatas, songs and marches. His imprint on Azerbaijan's music is profound. The ballet "Seven Beauties" by Gara Garayev (1952, based on the analogous poem by Nizami, choreograph P.