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Collection of Persian Music in British Library

Tehran, 29 September 2005 (CHN) -- British library has collected some of the most precious music works of different nations, including Islamic nations and Iran, as part of its program for preserving and collecting nations' cultural documents and musics.

The Sound Archive started its work in 1955 and joined the British library in 1983. Now it holds over a million discs, 185,000 tapes, and many other sound and video recordings. The collections come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound from music, drama and literature, to oral history and wildlife sounds. They range from cylinders made in the late 19th century to the latest CD, DVD and minidisc recordings. It keeps copies of commercial recordings issued in the United Kingdom, together with selected commercial recordings from overseas, radio broadcasts, and many privately-made recordings.

The World and Traditional Music Section has an ongoing program to make good quality sound recordings of live concerts and lectures by visiting musicians and researchers.

More than 100 recordings of Iran are being archived in the British library under the same program. Society for Greek and Near Middle Eastern Music, include audio and visual recordings of concerts of Persian, Turkish, and Greek folk, classical, and religious music.

The archive includes recordings of Persian classical and traditional music concerts recorded in London (1987-1988) and arranged by the West London Iranian Organization. It also includes recordings of a Persian classical music recital recorded at the Kufa Gallery in London in 1988.

In addition to all of these, the archive has a collection of 20 tapes recorded live in concerts in Iran and Afghanistan in 1969 under a research carried out by Cambridge University, aimed at recording examples of the music of women of Iran and Afghanistan, to make a study of micro-tonal lute fretting, to record music associated with Islamic chivalry, and to record any sounds associated with the qanats (underground irrigation channels in Iran).

The archive also includes two tapes of Iranian revolutionary songs composed and released in the beginning days of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979.

In addition, another collection of Persian music recorded off-air in Iran by ethnomusicologist Ladan Nooshin has been archived in this collection.

One of the largest and most diverse collections of the ethnographic music recordings made by a single ethnomusicologist, is recorded by Jean Jenkins from 1969-1985. The collection includes 634 field tapes and 107 example tapes. The collection begins with 16 tapes of music recorded in Central Asia in 1960, and includes one of the most comprehensive surveys of Music of the Islamic World, recorded as Jean Jenkins prepared for an exhibition at the Horniman Museum in 1976. The collection includes music from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria.

There is another collection of 140 reel tapes, cassettes, and manuscripts, which was supposed primarily to include Turkish music, but later on, recordings from Iran were added to the collection.

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