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Musician reviving forgotten Iranian instruments

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

An Iranian musician is reviving some Iranian instruments, which have been forgotten over time. Majid Nazempur has remade the instruments to be showcased in a collection at the National Museum of Iran, he told the Fars News Agency on Sunday.

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A number of the instruments are currently on show at the museum, he added.

He said that the instruments are categorized in the families of the oud and the harp and no modern people have yet heard the sound of these instruments.

Nazempur is also trying to recompose musical pieces that were performed on these instruments in Iran about a thousand years ago.

"I would like to premiere these compositions that would be very close to the music performed a thousand years ago," he noted.

Nazempur has authored "5000-Year-Old History of the Oud" in three volumes, first of which will be published by the Iranian Academy of Arts in the near future.

The book shows that oud has its origins in Persia. It also introduces outstanding performers of the instruments.

Nazempur was a member of the jury of the Oud and Buzuq Competition, which was held in Damascus in August 2009.

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