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Selected Bibliography of Persian Music

Collected by Pejman Akbarzadeh, November 2003

Originally at:

- Ackerman, Phyllis. "The Character of Persian Music". A Survey of Persian Art, 3, 1939.

- Asadi, Hooman. "Aspects of Musical Life in 19th Century Persia". Paper presented to the Conference on the Qajar Epoch. 1-4 September, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1999.

- Beeman, William. "You Can Take the Music Out of the Country, but ... : The Dynamics of Change in Iranian Musical Tradition", Asian Music, 7 : 2 (1974).

- Blum, Stephen. "The Concept of 'Asheq in Northern Khorasan". Journal of the Society for Asian Music, 4, 1972.

- Blum, Stephen. "Music in Contact; The Cultivation of Oral Repertoires in Meshed, Iran". Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana, 1972.

- Caron, Nelly. "The Ta'zieh, the Sacred Theatre of Iran". The World of Music, 17:4 (1975).

- Caton, Margaret. "The Classical 'Tasnif'; A Genre of Persian Vocal Music". Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1983.

- Christensen, Arthur. "Persian Melody-names of the Sasanian Period". Hoshang Memorial Volume, Bommbay, 1918.

- During, Jean. "Music, Poetry and Visual Arts in Persia". The World of Music, 1, 1982.

- Farhat, Hormoz. "The Dastgah Concept in Persian Music". Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1990.

- Farhat, Hormoz. "Western Musical Influences in Persia". Musicological Annual XXVII, Ljublijana, 1991.

- Farmer, Henry George. "The Old Persian Musical Modes". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1937.

- Farmer, Henry George. " The Instruments of Music on the Taq-i Bustan, Bas-Reliefs". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1938.

- Gerson-Kiwi, Edith. "The Persian Doctorin of Dastgah Composition; (A Phonemenological Study in the Musical Modes), Tel-Aviv, 1963.

- Hajjarian, Mohsen [Aryan, M.H.]. "Ghazal as a Determining Factor on the Structure of the Iranian Dastgah". Ph.D. Maryland University 1999.

- Khoshzamir, Mojtaba. "Ali Naqi Vaziri and his Influence on Music and Music Education in Iran".Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana, 1979.

- Khoshzamir, Mojtaba. "Aspects of the Persian tasnif". University of Illinois, unpublished M.M. thesis, 1975.

- Klitz, Brian, and Norman Cherlin. "Musical Acculturation in Iran". Iranian Studies 4, 1971.

- Mahmoud, Parviz. "A Theory of Persian Music and Its Relation to Western Practice". Ph.D., Indiana University, 1956.

- Miller, Lloyd. "Music and Song in Persia". Curzon Press, London, 1999.

- Modir, Hafez. "Research Model in Ethnomusicology Applied to the Radif Phenomenon in Iranian Classical Music", Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology 3, 1986.

- Movahed, Azin. "The Persian Nei: A Study of the Instrument and Its Musical Style". University of Illinois, 1993.

- Nettl, Bruno. "The Radif of Persian Music, Studies of Structure and Cultural Context", Elephant and Cat. Champaign, Illinois, 1987.

- Nettl, Bruno with Bela Foltin. Jr., "Daramad of Chahargah; a Study in the Performance Practice of Persian Music". Michigan: Information Coordinators Inc., 1972.

- Sadeghi, Manoochehr, "Improvisation in Nonrhythmic solo Instrumental Contemporary Persian Art Music", MA, California State College at Los Angeles, 1971.

- Simms, Rob. "Avaz in the Recordings of Mohammad Reza Shajarian". unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, 1996.

- Talai, Dariush. "A New Approach to the Theory of Persian Art Music". Mahur Cultural & Art Publications, Tehran, 1993.

- Tsuge, Gen'ichi. "Rhythmic Aspects of Avaz in Persian Music". Ethnomusicology, 14 , 1970.

- Wright, Owen. "The Modal System of Arab and Persian Music AD 1250-1300", London: Oxford University Press,1978.

- Zonis, Ella. "Contemporary Art Music in Persia". Musical Quarterly, 51, 1965.

-Zonis, Ella. "Classical Persian Music; An Introduction". Cambridge-Mass:, Harvard
University Press, 1973.

NOTE : "Persia" (La Perse, Das Persien) is the Western historical name of "Iran" (not to be mistaken with Iraq!). This name, from 6th century BC until a few decades ago was the official name of Iran. In spite of the fact that historical and cultural records of this country and its ancient civilization have been known and respected throughout the world by the name "Persia" in 1935 the then government of Persia, for certain political reasons, changed "Persia" to its native equivalent "Iran".
Still today some Persians and non-Persians are trying to reactivate the name "Persia" and to have it reinstated if possible on the international level.

For more information please read :

Akbarzadeh, Pejman. "Iran or Persia? Farsi or Persian?". Persian Heritage Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 28, Winter 2002.

Beigie, Amir-Rostam' "Broken ike" :

Motamedi, G. " Bring Back Persia" (It is not just about a name) :

Yarshater, Ehsan. "Communication". Iranian Studies,VOL. XXII, No.1, 1989.