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About The Mahmoud Zoufonoun Collection

Mahmoud Zoufonoun (Jan 1st, 1920 - Oct 17th, 2013) held an unparalled position in 20th century Persian traditional music, for he not only was a major figure on violin and tar during the golden era of Iran's National Radio and Television (1940's - 60's) - performing, conducting, arranging, and archiving melodies from every region of the country - but was also a primary force in the development of musical education, collaborating with pioneers Abol Hassan Saba, Ruhollah Khaleghi and others, in order to expand and transmit materials related to the radifs, pedagogical repertoires of traditional music learned in order to create within the Persian modal system, called dastgah (for further information see (more)


Number of items in DIVA: 33


Dastgāh-e Mahur

Mahmoud Zoufonoun’s transcriptions from his personal collection of dastgah material are presented here in the very same order as they were transmitted to Dr. Modirzadeh, in Redwood City and San Jose, CA, during the Spring of 1983.  As Mr. Zoufonoun continually added to his repertoire – rendering a collection that is as inclusive as it is eclectic – with a boundless well of memory that encompassed both autonomously regional as well as personally artistic sources, each dastgah represented extends beyond the traditional radif definition (as fixed pedagogical tool). Ultimately, Mr. Zoufonoun’s tireless culling of what seems to be an endless amount of material, renders a final work that is so expansive as to be regarded here as unfinished, or by nature, incomplete.  The first of the twelve repertoires played is Mahur. In the meantime, all feedback is welcome.  Note: audio playback approximately one half-step lower than written music.