“Guitar Memories” Released

 

The album “Guitar Memories” consists of the performance of baroque to recent era masterpieces, by Mehrdad Mahdavi, and is published by Tanin-e Honar Publication.

In this album there are pieces composed and arranged by artists such as: Sylvius Leopold Weiss, Johann Anton Logy, Fernando Sor, Yuquijiro Yocoh, Leo Brouwer.

Objective of performing these familiar masterpieces is particularly presenting sole capabilities of classical guitar for playing them.

These pieces resemble the pleasant memories of first music classes and the performer make an effort to share those fantastic and memorial feelings with audiences.

This album presents 12 pieces arranged for solo classical guitar, which was performed and recorded in Spring 2016.

For purchasing this unique album you can visit here.

Introducing Composers

Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687 – 1750)

Composer and player of the German lute instrument in Baroque Era. Even today many consider him the greatest lute player of all times. By the year 1717 he became a member of the small orchestra of Dresden Kingdom of Germany. Later he went on many tours for performing in Dusseldorf, Munich, Vienna, Prague, and other cities. Weiss composed many pieces for solo lute.

Johann Anton Losy (1650 – 1721)

He was an aristocrat in Prague, playing and composing masterpieces for lute in the Baroque era. His works are a combination of Brisé (French) with Cantabile (Italian) styles. At the period when playing lute was most popular in Bohemia, he was probably among the best lute players and composers.

Fernando Sor (1778 – 1839)

Great Spanish guitar player and composer, born in Barcelona, celebrated by some as “the Beethoven of the guitar”. Besides compositions for guitar, he has written music for opera and ballet performances as well. With no doubt études provided by Sor are the best of their kind. Because Sor was a guitar instructor, he was supposed to prepare études for teaching his students. An abstract of 20 of Sor’s études could be found in the collection provided by Andrés Segovia.

Yuquijiro Yocoh

Born in 1925, Hita, Japan, because of great enthusiasm for playing guitar left studies in dentistry at Keijoh College, and became a self-instructed guitar player and composer. Theme and variation of his style is most characteristic in his piece for a Japanese folk song named “Sakura”, performed and recorded by numerous guitarists worldwide, which is also his most famous composition till date.

Leo Brouwer

Born 1939 in Havana, Cuba, conducted music lessons in Juilliard School in New York, US. Pieces composed by Brouwer are considered among the most favorites for guitar. He has also composed many pieces for other instruments as well. In his resume there are many orchestral compositions for music of movies. Many of his compositions for guitar are famous worldwide and have a fixed position in current guitar repertoire.

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Iranian Fallacies – Composition and Arrangement

In the tradition of classical music, it is generally tried to use the same technical terms related to music in all countries. Even in the cultures in which native terms exist to refer to musical terms, usually the better known universal terms are employed.

A Note on the Occasion of Houshang Zarif’s Demise

No introduction is needed when talking about the position of the late Houshang Zarif (1938-2020) in the Iranian music. His character and personality are so well-known among musicians that his name per se is a symbol and role model for the Iranian youth. “Becoming Houshang Zarif” is the dream of many young people who enter the world of music in Iran and many of whom retire regretting the realisation of this dream.

From Past Days…

Principles of Playing Violin (V)

3/1/2/5: When the first finger lands next to the nut, continuation of first phalange of this finger, on back of the hand, should be in line with continuation of the back of the wrist and the left hand; moreover, it should not pass them and bend at knuckles. Otherwise, an uncommon stretch is created in first finger’s knuckle also reducing the freedom of other fingers (especially the fourth finger) in finger placement.

Non-profit “Microtona” Project Released

Microtona is a sixty-eight-page Booklet with personal comments by the contributing microtonal artists. The booklet also includes a DVD which consists of 8 original video tracks and 9 original audio tracks. The project is an international one featuring unpublished pieces by composers from Iran, Japan, U.S., France, Austria, Germany and Belgium.

Parviz Meshkatian’s Heart Beat for People (II)

As such, the young Meshkatian reached the position of a great maestro in the Iranian music. Up until 1997, Meshkatian remained prolific and composed many pieces which were characterized by progressiveness while drawing on the music of the past Iranian musicians. In some of Meshkatian’s works, one can trace the influence of maestros such as Faramarz Payvar; however, this influence is so balanced that one can neither say that Meshkatian is a progressive and deconstructionist composer nor does he use cliché forms in his compositions.

Banan: the Artist of the Age

Gholam Hossein Banan was born in 1911 in Tehran. He was born in an affluent art-loving family who were Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (1848-1896)’s relative. The Qajar King was his mother’s uncle on her father’s side. He learnt his first lessons in music while his father sang Iranian avaz (improvised rhythmic-free singing), he then attended classes by the renowned Iranian composer, Morteza Neydavoud (1900-1990) along with his sisters; the composer is, therefore, considered as his first teacher. He then learnt Iranian avaz under the supervision of Mirza Taher Zia Resaee (Zia-o Zakerin) and Naser Seif in an oral manner.

Prominent Iranian Musicologist Passes Away in Vienna

Khosrow Djafarzadeh, musicologist and architect, who was also one of the main authors of HarmonyTalk journal passed away on 15 July 2019.

Polyphony in Iranian Music (I)

Despite the fact that Iranian folk music (regional music of Iran), like the Radif of Iranian traditional music, is monophonic and follows heterophony in principal, we experience polyphonic forms, albeit, majorly unconscious.

Violin’s inner mold, an essential factor in developing the idea of violin

A part of the secrets of the masterpieces from the golden era lies in the special design of the instruments, as a result of a profound insight to and awareness of the significance of the precise calculation of the various components of the object of arts being created, such as making a violin or a bow.

Principles of Violin Playing (VII)

4.3.1.3 Regarding the great linear distance and the unusual distance between the first and forth fingers, the first finger while playing the doubles of ninth and tenth interval, can be twisted in the knuckle area and the point mentioned in 3.1.2.5 paragraph in relation to the way first finger is placed indicating that the first joint of this finger in back of hand must be in line with the direction of forearm and left hand is not true here.

Principles of Playing Violin (VI)

B. applying force: the force needed for putting finger on finger board is applied through finger tips and using the rest of hand set especially wrist is not allowed. To practice this, it is possible to hold violin without the bow and throw the fingers on the finger board from 1-2cm distance; apply force only through finger tips.

Principles of Violin Playing (VIII)

1.5.1.3.sometimes, a player, due to different reasons, may decisively want to play continuously two notes with a half-step by means of the same finger, in such a case, it’s necessary to open the interior curve of the finger like a spring. Naturally coming back, the curve of finger should be closed and the finger should become curved shape again (see paragraph 3.1.2.1).