From 1948 to 1949, Hajiyev studied at Moscow Conservatory at North.P.Rapkov, but in 1953, graduated from Azerbaijan Conservatoire with the class of compositions at Gara Garayev.
People's artist of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (1978). He was Chairman of the Union of Composers of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, minister of culture of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic (1965–1971). He wrote his first operetta “Pranks of students” when he was 18 years old.
In 1955, he became the organizer of stage orchestra at the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic and was its artistic Director till 1964.
In 1964, he became the director of Baku Philarmony, and after a year, in 1965, he was appointed the minister of culture of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic and remained at this post until 1971. At the initiative of Soviet leadership, Rauf Hajiyev was sent to Algeria as the General Adviser of Art throughout the African continent.
Living for 8 years in Africa, Rauf Hajiyev put on three ballets, which were demonstrated in Paris, and established three academies in Algeria-Academy of Dances, Academy of Music and Academy of the Theater during this period. After returning to Russia, he became the chairman of the Union of Composers of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, and remained at this post to the end of his life.
He was buried in the Alley of Honour in Baku.
Rauf Hajiyev, was the author of many musical works, including musical comedies “Romeo is my neighbor” (1960), “Don’t hide your smile” (1969), “Mother, I’m going to marry” (1976), “Guba-my love!” (1963), two ballets, there symphonic poems-“Sheykh Sanan” (1982), “Sabuhi” (1983), “Azi Aslanov” (1984). In 1976, the composer created a cantata, dedicated to Samad Vurgun. This composition is considered to be one of the best Azerbaijani compositions in this genre.
During his creative life, Rauf Hajiyev composed music for spectacles, musical comedies and films.
One of them is the film “Gipsy woman”. Rauf Hajiyev is the author of 150 songs and the most popular including-“My Azerbaijan”, “Spring is coming”, “My Lover”, “Baku”, “Leyla”.
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He was the member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union until 1958.