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Iconic Persian Composer Passes Away in Exile: Houshang Ostovar (1927-2016) - The Persian composer Houshang Ostovar passed away in Paris. He was 89. On January 7th, 2015, the composer died of cancer but for unclear reasons, his wife, Farideh Behboud, waited 4 months to make an announcement, ISNA reported.

Houchang Ostovar is considered one of the pioneers of Persian polyphonic music. He wrote many works for piano, voice and piano, strings and orchestra. According to Pejman Akbarzadeh's "Persian Musicians" (Vol.1), Ostovar's most well-known work is "Suite Iranienne" which received its first performance in 1973 by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra conducted by Farhad Meshkat. The suite was written in three movements, inspired by the Persian mode of "Chahargah".

Iranian Suite by Houshang Ostovar

Ostovar was the composition professor at Tehran Conservatory for many years and also wrote for cultural magazines, such as "Majaleh-ye Musighi" and "Rudaki". 

Shorty after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ostovar moved to France. Exile put an end point to his artistic creation.

- Listen to BBC Persian Radio's special program for Houshang Ostovar (LINK)

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