Toward That Endless Plain: Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra was a joint commission from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. It was written for the Persian ney master Khosrow Soltani and is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Soltani's wife Farzaneh Navai who passed away while Vali was writing this piece. The entire musical material of the concerto is derived from the Dástgâh / Mághâm system including the Western-sounding sections as well as the violent and atonal beginning of the piece.
Toward That Endless Plain
Composer Reza Vali will mark retirement with a pair of Persian music concerts at Carnegie Mellon
by JEREMY REYNOLDS
Nov 2, 2022
The rhythms of Persian traditional music defy Western music notation. They’re intricate and complex and give the music a fluid sense of motion.
Persian music is also mostly improvised, or made up on the spot, according to stylistic rules.
“In a way it comes closest to jazz,” said Reza Vali, an Iranian-American composer who writes traditional and cross-cultural music for chamber ensembles and orchestras like the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has also been recorded widely, most recently at the Smithsonian Museum, and has also published books on Persian traditional music.