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Symphony composing fever in Iran increasing: musician

TEHRAN, April 13 (Mehr News Agency) -- Musician Mohammad Sarir is convinced that the passion for composing symphonies is mounting, and that this is leading to the over-looking of Iran's musical values.

Mohammad Sarir

"Iranians are not fond of symphonies, and yet composing them is time-consuming and involves complicated techniques, therefore the composer's endeavor is often unappreciated", remarked Sarir.

"Of course, there are exceptional composers like Shahin Farhat, who are well aware of the techniques needed in the making of a good symphony and who know what they want from a piece of work", Music Office board of directors' chairman told Mehr News Agency on Thursday.

He pointed out that a symphony is not recognized as a music form in our national music, and it has a limited number of listeners.

"If we want to produce something in this form, it must be suited to Iranian taste, so that people can enjoy it, and then the effort of the composer will not have been wasted", he added.

He later expressed his criticism of made-to-order symphonies, saying, "I don't disagree with the composing of such pieces, but I totally disagree with the practice of allowing officials to give instructions on the content of a work. A composer must be trusted and have the opportunity to experiment with various forms".

"I think that all composers are concerned about the quality of their work and their future credibility. I believe other forms like suites and suite symphonies should exist".

With regards to the various aspects involved in Iranian compositions, he continued, "One must observe various nationally accepted forms, which are important elements of genuine Persian works, and thus our national music will be enriched."

Sarir also mentioned that he will be releasing a new album entitled "Melodies of Isolation" by the end of the summer as well as a book on Iranian musical instruments.

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