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Reza Vali (1952-     )

Reza Vali composerReza Vali, born in Ghazvin, Iran began his studies in music at the Conservatory of Music in Teheran. In 1972 he went to Austria to study composition and music education at the Academy of Music in Vienna. He earned his Ph.D. in music theory and composition from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. He is currently a faculty member of the school of music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. In December 1991 the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust selected him as Outstanding Emerging Artist for which he received the Creative Achievement Award. Composer David Stock has called Reza Vali "the most brilliantly successful composer since Bartok to combine ethnic folk music and Western classical music in a unique way that is as appealing as it is original."

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Vali Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Vali on Vali
Four Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 1, soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano (1978)
Gestures, piano (1981)
V‚zen‚, soprano, harp and percussion (1982)
Nine Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 2, soprano and piano (1982)
Five Studies for Multiple Pianos, 4 to 16 pianos [acoustic, electric or digital] (1983)
Ten Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 3, soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano (1983)
Eight Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 4, soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano (1983)
Der Eisberg, piano (1983)
Longing, soprano, string quartet and percussion (1984)
Soroush, chorus and orchestra (1984)
Four Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 5, soprano, children's choir (or women's choir), harp, piano and percussion (1984)
Reminiscences, piano (1985)
Seven Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 6, soprano and prepared harpsichord (1986)
Seven Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 7, soprano and chamber orchestra (1986)
String Quartet No. 1 (1987)
Persian Folklore, chorus (1987)
Song, flute (1987)
Opening Music, orchestra (1988)
Three Pieces for Orchestra (1989)
Folk Songs, Set No. 8, soprano or mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble (1989)
Chant and Dance, chamber ensemble (1990)
The Night of Power, chamber ensemble (1990)
String Quartet No. 2 (1991)
Folk Songs, Set No. 9, flute and cello (1991)
Four Movements for String Quartet and String Orchestra (1992)
Funebre, violin and string orchestra (1992)
Folk Songs, Set No. 10, soprano and chamber orchestra (1993)
The Dervish and the Magus (music for an imaginary ballet in 7 scenes), cello and chamber orchestra (1994)
DeylŠm‚n, orchestra (1995)
Folk Songs, Set No. 11A, 4 cellos or (11B) string quartet (1995)
Folk Songs, Set No. 12A, sop., str qt and pf or (12B) 4 cellos or (12C) cello and pf (1996; horn and pf; flute and pf, 2002)
Folk Songs, Set No. 13, 4 cellos (1996)
Concerto For Flute and Orchestra (1998)
Folk Songs, Set No. 14, soprano and chamber orchestra (1999)
Folk Songs, Set No. 15, chamber ensemble (1999)
Calligraphies (3), string quartet (1999)
Zand, 4 cellos (1999)
Calligraphy No. 4, santoor (Persian hammer dulcimer) and string quartet (2001)
String Quartet No. 3 (2001)
Toward That Endless Plain, Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra (2003)
Love Songs, violin, viola, cello and piano (2003)
Calligraphy No. 5, violin or viola or guitar (2003)
Ana, film score (2003)
The Being of Love (Folk Songs, Set No. 16), soprano or mezzo-soprano and orchestra (2005)
NayshaboorŠk (Calligraphy No. 6), string quartet (2006)
Kismet (Calligraphy No. 7), 3 flutes (2007)
Kereshmeh (Calligraphy No. 8), picc, fl, ob, EH, bsn, contrabsn and 3 perc [divided into 3 independent groups] (2007)
Kord (Calligraphy No. 9), cello (pub. 2008?) [also for solo guitar]
Khojasteh (Calligraphy No. 10), violin and cello (????; fp. 2012)
Gatar (Calligraphy No. 11), string quartet (pub. 2012)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Vali Links    ~ ~ ~    Vali on Vali     ~ top of page ~
Orchestra
Opening Music, orchestra (1988)
Three Pieces for Orchestra (1989)
DeylŠm‚n, orchestra (1995)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Four Movements for String Quartet and String Orchestra (1992)
Funebre, violin and string orchestra (1992)
The Dervish and the Magus (music for an imaginary ballet in 7 scenes), cello and chamber orchestra (1994)
Concerto For Flute and Orchestra (1998)
Toward That Endless Plain, Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra (2003)

Chorus w/Orchestra
Soroush, chorus and orchestra (1984)

Choral
Persian Folklore, chorus w/keyboard (1987)

Chamber
Five Studies for Multiple Pianos, 4 to 16 pianos [acoustic, electric or digital] (1983)
String Quartet No. 1 (1987)
Chant and Dance, chamber ensemble (1990)
The Night of Power, chamber ensemble (1990)
Folk Songs, Set No. 9, flute and Cello (1991)
String Quartet No. 2 (1991)
Folk Songs, Set No. 11A, 4 cellos or (No. 11B) string quartet (1995)
Folk Songs, Set No. 12A, soprano, string quartet and piano or (No. 12B) 4 cellos or (No. 12C) cello and piano (1996)
Folk Songs, Set No. 13, 4 cellos (1996)
Folk Songs, Set No. 15, chamber ensemble (1999)
Calligraphies (3), string quartet (1999)
    - Calligraphy No. 1, "Hazin"
    - Calligraphy No. 2, "Zand"
    - Calligraphy No. 3, "Aksak"
Zand, 4 cellos (1999)
Calligraphy No. 4, santoor (Persian hammer dulcimer) and string quartet (2001)
String Quartet No. 3 (2001)
Love Songs, violin, viola, cello and piano (2003)
Calligraphy No. 5, violin or viola or guitar (2003)
NayshaboorŠk (Calligraphy No. 6), string quartet (2006)
Kismet (Calligraphy No. 7), 3 flutes (2007)
Kereshmeh (Calligraphy No. 8), picc, fl, ob, EH, bsn, contrabsn and 3 perc [divided into 3 independent groups] (2007)
Khojasteh (Calligraphy No. 10), violin and cello (????; fp. 2012)
Gatar (Calligraphy No. 11), string quartet (pub. 2012)

Solo Instrument
Song, flute (1987)
Kord (Calligraphy No. 9), cello (pub. 2008?) [also for solo guitar]

Piano
Gestures, piano (1981)
Five Studies for Multiple Pianos, 4 to 16 pianos [acoustic, electric or digital] (1983)
Der Eisberg, piano (1983)
Reminiscences, piano (1985)

Vocal
Four Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 1, soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano (1978)
V‚zen‚, soprano, harp and percussion (1982)
Nine Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 2, soprano and piano (1982)
Ten Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 3, soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano (1983)
Eight Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 4, soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano (1983)
Longing, soprano, string quartet and percussion (1984)
Four Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 5, soprano, children's choir (or women's choir), harp, piano and percussion (1984)
Seven Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 6, soprano and prepared harpsichord (1986)
Seven Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 7, soprano and chamber orchestra (1986)
Folk Songs, Set No. 8, soprano or mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble (1989)
Folk Songs, Set No. 10, soprano and chamber orchestra (1993)
Folk Songs, Set No. 12A, soprano, string quartet and piano (1996)
Folk Songs, Set No. 14, soprano and chamber orchestra (1999)
The Being of Love (Folk Songs, Set No. 16), soprano or mezzo-soprano and orchestra (2005)

Film Music
Ana, film score (2003)


VALI  LINKS                                                                 Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Vali on Vali     ~ top of page ~ 
Calligraphies: Three Persian String Quartets (Pejman Akbarzadeh, payvand.com)
A Composer in a New Key (Maryam Pirnazar, iranian.com)
How Persian Folk Songs Fit Right In (Benjamin Epstein, The Los Angels Times)
Love and Enlightenment (Andrew Druckenbrod, post-gazette.com)
Vali's Folksongs (R.M. Campbell, seattlepi.com)

Composer's website
Composer's page @ andrew.cmu.edu (Carnegie Mellon University)

Vali @ Wikipedia
Vali @ American Composers Forum
Vali @ Answers.com
Vali @ Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Vali @ Classical Archives
Vali @ Classical Composers Database
Vali @ Classical Net
Vali @ composers-classical-music
Vali @ Facebook
Vali @ Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry
Vali @ Furious Artisans
Vali @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Vali @ InstantEncore
Vali @ Iranian.com
Vali @ Klassika
Vali @ Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Vali @ MMB Music
Vali @ MusicWeb International
Vali @ MySpaceMusic
Vali @ Naxos
Vali @ New Albion Records
Vali @ The New York Times
Vali @ Par Times

Publisher
Vali @ Composer's website/publisher listings
Vali @ Lauren Keiser Music Publishing
Vali @ MMB Music

Streaming Audio
Vali @ Composer's website
Vali @ ABC National Radio/The Music Show
Vali @ Symphony Cast/American Public Media
Vali @ last.fm
Vali @ PRI's The World

Recordings
Vali @ Composer's website
Vali @ Albany Records
Vali @ Amazon.com
Vali @ ArkivMusic
Vali @ CD Universe
Vali @ ClassicsOnline
Vali @ DRAM Online
Vali @ itunes
Vali @ Naxos
Vali @ New Albion Records

Calligraphies & String Quartets @ Albany Records
Chamber Music (Chant and Dance, etc.) @ Albany Records
Flute Concerto; Deylaman; Folk Songs (Set No. 10) @ Naxos
Persian Folklore @ New Albion Records

Video
Vali @ YouTube
Vali @ Google Video
Vali @ Vimeo (via Google Advanced Search)
Vali @ Vimeo - Arghonoon Project (2010)
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Vali on Vali: Interview/Pars Times (VIDEO)







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