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Arif Malikov (also Melikov; 13 September 1933 – 9 May 2019) was an Azerbaijani composer. His first major composition "Legend of Love" was staged at the Kirov State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Leningrad. The ballet was staged in many countries in Europe.

The ballet "Legend of Love", is based upon the legend of "Farhad and Shirin". Malikov went on to write music for two more ballets, including "Yer üzündə iki nəfər (balet)" Yer üzündə iki nəfər (balet) ("Dvoe" or "Two") (1967) and "Poem of Two Hearts" (1981).

Malikov died on 9 May 2019, at the age of 85.

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