HarmonyTalk Journal’s Twentieth Anniversary Celebration

On the 10th of Khordad, 1403 (equivalent to May 30, 2024), the twentieth anniversary celebration of the online journal “HarmonyTalk” took place at the Ersbārān Cultural Center. The event garnered such interest from enthusiasts that the venue was completely filled.

At the beginning of the program, after a warm welcome by the experienced host, Sofia Monshipour, a video clip showcasing twenty years of the journal’s activities was played. Following that, the National Youth Orchestra of Iran, led by Arvin Sedaqatkish (who is also one of the authors of HarmonyTalk), performed pieces composed by Hossein Dehlavi and Parviz Meshkatian.

Later, Sadjad Pourqannad (the editor-in-chief of HarmonyTalk) presented a report on the journal’s two decades of activity. This comprehensive report will be published in upcoming issues of the journal.

Subsequently, Babak Khazraei was invited to speak. He emphasized the importance of sustaining HarmonyTalk’s activities and shared his initial acquaintance with the journal. Khazraei noted that over time, HarmonyTalk has evolved toward a more scholarly approach.

Khazraei also recalled how, twenty years ago, there were predictions that print magazines would soon cease to exist, and today, we see that this prediction has indeed come true.

Babak Khazraei’s Conclusion: Babak Khazraei concluded by expressing his hope to witness the magazine’s 30th and 40th anniversary celebrations and its continued operation.

Invitation to Mohammadreza Fayyaz: After Babak Khazraei’s speech, Mohammadreza Fayyaz was invited to speak.

Fayyaz stated: “Every phenomenon, whether it be a media outlet or a group of people, is the culmination of its own era. HarmonyTalk is also a combination of two parts: harmony and talk. It signifies an era where it was believed that a harmonious dialogue could exist. The same concept that, when translated into music, emerges as polyphonic music, and in human relationships, it becomes a dialogue between people in a harmonious and affectionate manner.”

After Fayaz’s speech, the Ordibehesht Choir led by Hamid Askari was invited to perform. The program performed by this group included pieces by Hamid Askari and several folk pieces harmonized by Rubik Gregorian.

Following this performance, Alireza Miralinaghi was invited to speak. Miralinaghi, referring to the efforts of Sadjad Pourghannad, the editor-in-chief of this site, said:

“It is historically very important that we are in an era where encyclopedias no longer have practical use in their old form and have actually become non-paper and digital encyclopedias that are constantly updated. HarmonyTalk is also important and valuable for this reason because it has such a characteristic.”

Miralinaghi continued to refer to the position of HarmonyTalk in historiography and considered its quality much higher than other sites that exist today, saying: “Most of the sites we see today are misleading rather than valuable and credible.”

Miralinaghi further stated: “I belong to a generation before the internet and have struggled to align myself with the generation of internet audiences, and if I am active on this site today, it is because of Sadjad Pourghannad’s insistence.”

After Alireza Miralinaghi’s speech, the Eighties Band came on stage with performances of 1980s-style pop music, which concluded the celebration.

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HarmonyTalk Journal’s Twentieth Anniversary Celebration

On the 10th of Khordad, 1403 (equivalent to May 30, 2024), the twentieth anniversary celebration of the online journal “HarmonyTalk” took place at the Ersbārān Cultural Center. The event garnered such interest from enthusiasts that the venue was completely filled.

A combination of technique and musicality in the fingers of a pianist

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From Past Days…

Polyphony in Iranian Music (III)

In heterophonic variant, two performers perform a single melody simultaneously and change it. Performing and changing a single melody simultaneously by two performers leads to the coincidence of different voices.

Principles of Violin Playing (I)

The present series of training articles, “Principles of Violin Playing”, seek to help students, to appropriately understand this field, by gradually introducing, categorizing, and teaching the myriad relevant points. One of the principles of playing violin, which must be always kept in mind, is that the selection of the most natural position for the body parts while playing is the best and most appropriate solution. As a matter of fact, any unnatural body part position which requires lots of energy or unusual stretching to maintain, is wrong.

Principles of Violin Playing (IX)

4.3.1. To practice playing of doubles of notes involving two different fingers, each note is played at separate bows with slow tempo, each note is played perfectly regarding its bass and tenor sounds and then the considered double is played at another bow while considering the resulted sound of the double.

A Look at Ali Tajvidi’s Manifold Musical Activities (I)

Ali Tajvidi (1920 – 2004), one of the most prominent Iranian musicians, passed away sixteen years ago. He was one of the most distinguished Iranian artists. To specify one of the fields in which he was unique, one can refer to Tasnif composition. A brief review of his manifold musical activities is presented below.

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With this description, we have automatically included a criterion called “History”, Until we know the time of the creation of a work of art, we cannot judge whether it has been easy to create or not. Suppose that, in a historical study, we find a musical work that is similar in compositional techniques (including form, melody, context, and orchestration) to a minor work of the nineteenth century; however, our research proves that, this work dates back to 200 years prior to that date. Can we still consider this work insignificant? Definitely not! So this is where the first use of history-based judgment comes into play.

Three singers in one larynx

Sima Bina (b. 1945) is a unique singer among the singers of Golha radio programmes which were broadcast on Iranian National Radio for 23 years from 1956 to 1979. She received her first lessons in music from her father who was a poet, a musician and the most important supporter of Sima’s cultural activities.

A note on “Illusion or Ingenuity” article

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Musical Sense or Technique?

One of the most popular terms used by Iranian instrumentalists is the existence or a lack of musical “sense”. Both musicians and fans of music consider having “sense” while playing music as an important principle to the extent that they use it vis-a-vis having technique.

Hossein Aslani passed away!

Hossein Aslani, Iranian pianist residing in the US, passed away due to cancer in late January 2020. His last musical activity was an article written for Harmony Talk entitled “Iran amidst musical struggle” in 2016, his memoir entitled “I Play You Again” in the same year and his album “Symbolic Emotion” published by Arganoun Publications in 2014. Here is a brief biography of Hossein Aslani according to his own website:

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