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Composer Farhad Fakhreddini’s book on Iranian radifs unveiled

Culture - A book on the radifs in traditional Iranian music written by composer and former conductor of Iran’s National Orchestra Farhad Fakhreddini was unveiled during a ceremony at the Rudaki Hall on Thursday evening.

Entitled “Analysis and Description of Radifs in Iranian Music”, the book has recently been published by Moin Publications, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Friday.

The radifs are the total collection of more than 200 gushehs -- traditional melodic entities -- in all 12 dastgahs.

A number of musicians including the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Music Office Mohammad Sarir, Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani, vocalist Shahram Nazeri, ney virtuoso Mohammad Musavi, and musician Kambiz Roshanravan were among the participants of the ceremony.

Speaking at the ceremony, Sarir first noted that Fakhreddini is a member of the high council of the Music Office, and said that publication of the book is an effective way to help introduce Iranian radifs, “no doubt the theory of music has been studied many times over the past years, and these types of analysis are very valuable for the younger generation.”

He added that the book has been published in collaboration with the Music Museum of Iran, which is also headed by Moradkhani.

Roshanravan expressed hope that the book finds its way into all academic centers across the world since there needs to be more information about Iran’s music in the world.

He called the book a comprehensive source of music, which can be used for the student studying music at higher academic levels.

Nazeri regarded publication of the book an auspicious event for Iran’s music.

Moradkhani also gave a brief speech and said that there are not many documentaries on music, “more sessions and master classes are needed, and we need to respect our veterans.”
He expressed hope the masters would work more and write more about music in the future.

Fakhreddini next talked about music and said “I was a musician for several years, and later became a conductor. I have also composed many compositions; I also teach music at universities and also compose music for TV series.

“Our music is deeply indebted to Ruhollah Khaleqi (1901-1960) (known for his composition of Iran’s former national anthem “O, Iran”), when I used to read the books written by Khaleqi I was not aware of the impression they would have on me later,” he added.

The ceremony continued with introducing the book and live music performance by members of Iran’s National Orchestra led by conductor Fakhreddini.

They performed the music of TV series “Avicenna” composed by Fakhreddini, and “O, Iran” in commemoration of Khaleqi. Vocalist Salar Aqili also accompanied the group.

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