R. I. P. Mohammad Reza Shajarian (1940–2020)

Mohammad Reza Shajarian died last Saturday (8 October 2020).

I acquired a cassette of him a few years ago and it was of course a revelation. "I’m Mohammad Reza Shajarian, a child of Iran," Mr. Shajarian said in a video clip from a 2015 documentary about him. "My voice is part of Iran’s ancient culture, to remind the people of the world that we have had a culture of love, peace and friendship.” (From The New York Times obit: www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/world/middleeast/Shajarian-dies-Iran-singer.html?searchResultPosition=1.)

More info in Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad-Reza_Shajarian

A video clip in vimeo (03:15) excerpted from the documentary mentioned above: vimeo.com/133485873

A song in YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=japANH1G-nY
(I advise anyone who wants to comment NOT to say that this sounds Arabic :)

When I bought the cassette (and a few others afterward), I also bought an old book by Ella Zonis: Classical Persian Music. Although this book was published in 1973, I can't resist quoting a paragraph from the Introduction:

"The spirit of Persia has nearly vanished from modern Iran. Although its monuments are abundant, from the celebrated ruins of Persepolis to the splendors of Esfahan, evidence of a continuation of the culture that produced these monuments—a living evidence of what is uniquely Persian—is rare amid the predominantly Western culture emanating from Tehran. In Iran today, especially in the tumult of the capital, it takes a special wrench of the mind to remember that this is one of the world's oldest civilizations, one that produced truly great art and literature and one that has contributed to the spiritual enrichment of mankind for well over fifty centuries."
Ella Zonis, Classical Persian Music: An Introduction (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1973), 1.
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Steve Bucknell said:

Inspiring, as the commentary on the Vimeo documentary says

“A legend can be anyone worth remembering for a very long time even after he or she has left the world. Icons and legends are remembered and their tales are cherished as they leave behind a legacy, not in terms of monetary value, but in moral value. Iconic nature comes not from one’s image or job , but from what one stands up for, and believes in. It is not about getting famous, it is about being someone worth remembering and being looked upon for inspiration and growth. And, finally, it is about being free: for only those who are truly free can become legends.”
3 months ago

Boro said:

Bel hommage !!!
3 months ago ( translate )

Marije Aguillo said:

In memoriam. Reconozco que lo desconocía. Es cierto que hay mucho desconocimiento y no se sabe diferenciar lo árabe de lo persa, etc. Los caminos de la música son tan infinitos como las culturas y vivimos demasiado ensimismados en nuestra cultura occidental, que por cierto, en algunos aspectos toma un camino deplorable y decadente de absoluta deriva, pero esto puede sonar a herejía. Son músicas, lo mismo como todas las procedentes de Asia y Africa, que necesitan ser escuchadas con el corazón abierto y con calma para absorber su esencia. Es como el flamenco, yo hace años lo denostaba, hoy sin ser ni aficionada ni conocedora, lo admiro y lo escucho con mucho respeto.
3 months ago ( translate )

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

comme Marije ! magnifique ! j'adore************************
Belle journée Nicolas♫
3 months ago ( translate )

Annemarie said:

a beautiful tribute
have been in Iran, and have listen to such traditional performances.
3 months ago