Selected Bibliography of Persian
Collected by Pejman Akbarzadeh, November 2003
- 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
- Khoshzamir, Mojtaba. "Ali Naqi Vaziri and his Influence on Music
and Music Education in Iran".Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana,
- 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of Illinois, unpublished M.M. thesis, 1975.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,
- 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
- 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".
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
Yarshater, Ehsan. "Communication". Iranian Studies,VOL. XXII,