TEHRAN.(Iranart) - Traditional Iranian musician Mir-Abdollah Vatandoust has compiled the first encyclopedia of Iranian radifs, a collection of old melodic figures preserved through generations of oral tradition.
Vatandoust, 50, has named the encyclopedic work “Nahoft” which in Persian is a central nuclear melody (gusheh) in Nava, one of the seven major Iranian “dastgah”s or musical modal systems.
To compile Nahoft and make it an authoritative work, Vatandoust has referred to some 250 books and sought counsel from more than 40 master musicians in and outside Iran.
Nahoft is ready for publication, he said, but did not say anything about the publisher. “It would be the first comprehensive encyclopedia on Iranian music and singing modal systems.”
“The book contains 1,500 pages and 13 chapters covering seven Iranian dastgahs and five types of vocal music (avaz),” Vatandoust said.