Morteza Mahjubi
Selected Improvisations from Golha, Pt. 2
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Tracklist
1Improvisation In Bayat-e Turk (Barg-e Sabz #34)
2Improvisation In Shur (Golha-ye Rangarang #182B)
3Improvisation In Mahur (Yek Shakheh Gol #259)
4Improvisation In Dashti (Golha-ye Rangarang #430)
5Improvisation In Shur (Barg-e Sabz #113)
6Improvisation In Bayat-e Turk (Yek Shakheh Gol #259)
7Improvisation In Mahur (Yek Shakheh Gol #146)
8Improvisation In Afshari (Golha-ye Rangarang #260)
9Improvisation & Avaz In Isfahan (Golha-ye Rangarang #254) (feat Marzieh) (feat Marzieh)
10Improvisation In Afshari (Golha-ye Rangarang #260)
11Improvisation & Avaz In Isfahan (Golha-ye Rangarang #254) (feat Marzieh) (feat Marzieh)
12Improvisation In Bayat-e Zand (Yek Shakheh Gol #134)
13Improvisation In Homayun (Barg-e Sabz #30)
14Improvisation In Mahur (Barg-e Sabz #119)
15Improvisation In Afshari (Yek Shakheh Gol #179)
16Improvisation & Avaz In Bayat-e Zand (Golha-yi Rangarang #290) (feat Abdolvahab Shahidi) (feat Abdolvahab Shahidi)

The second part in a collection of stunning Persian-tuned piano pieces, cut from Iranian national radio broadcasts made for the Golha programmes between 1956 & 1965.

Morteza Mahjubi (1900-1965) was a Iranian pianist & composer who developed a unique tuning system for the piano which enabled the instrument to be played in all the different modes and dastgahs of traditional Persian art music. Known as Piano-ye Sonnati, this technique allowed Mahjubi to express the unique ornamental and monophonic nature of Persian classical music on this western instrument - mimicking the tar, setar & santur and extracting sounds from the piano which are still unprecedented to this day.

An active performer and composer from a young age, Mahjubi made his most notable mark as key contributor and soloist for the Golha (Flowers of Persian Song and Poetry) radio programmes. These seminal broadcasts platformed an encyclopaedic wealth of traditional Persian classical music and poetry on Iranian national radio between 1956 until the revolution in 1979.

Presented here is a collection of Morteza Mahjubi's stunningly virtuosic improvised pieces broadcast on Golha between the programme's inception until Mahjubi's death in 1965 - mostly solo, though at times peppered with tombak, violin & some segments of poetry & song.

The vast collection of Golha radio programmes was put together thanks to the incredible work of Jane Lewisohn & the Golha Project as part of the British Library's Endangered Archives programme, comprising 1,578 radio programs consisting of approximately 847 hours of broadcasts.