For the second time within two short years, Reza Vali has been invited to Australia on August 16, 2014 for a week-long residency at the Conservatory of Music in Sydney.
Four of his works will be performed at a concert to be held there on the 24th, including Song for solo flute, Persian Suite (Folk Songs, Set No. 12E) for flute and piano, Four Persian Folk Songs (Set No. 1) for voice and piano, Three Romantic Songs for violin and piano. The visit will also include a lecture about his Toward That Endless Plain, Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra, which is perhaps the only work of its kind anywhere in the world.
After his return home, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be performing Vali’s new work Ravân in September 2014 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ravân was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and was premiered on February 7-9, 2014 at the Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.
Reza Vali’s recently published works include:
Folk Songs: Set No. 15 (1999) 20′ (materials now available for purchase)
Flute(d AFl, Picc), Clarinet (d Eb Clar, Bass Clar), Percussion, Violin, Cello
This mixed quintet for winds, percussion and strings comprises the fifteenth work in Vali’s series of folk songs which combine Persian and Western influences. The blending of near-east modality with European classical harmony and form has become a hallmark of the composer’s uniquely poignant voice. Commissioned and recorded by the Seattle Chamber Players, Albany Records.
Ravan (2013) 5′
2(1dPicc, 2dAFl).2(2dEH).2(2dBCl).1+Cbsn: 126.96.36.199: Timp.Perc(2).Pno.Hp: Str
Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Orchestra and dedicated to composer David Stock, Ravan is the Persian word for “flowing.” The work is a short scherzo with a fast first section alluding to the turbulent white waters of the Youghiogheny River in Pittsburgh, a calmer middle section, like a trio, and a recapitulation of the fast section.
String Quartet No. 2 (1991) 30′ (first publication)
Written for Cuarteto Latinoamericano, this 4-movement work marks a stylistic shift from Vali’s first quartet, which followed mid-20th Century atonal and serial techniques. In contrast, String Quartet No. 2 is a fusion of traditional Persian melodic modes with Western classical harmonic and formal sensibilities, a style which would become a signature characteristic of the composer’s later works.
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