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Chamber Ensemble

  • Ashoob: Calligraphy No. 14 for Santoor and String Quartet

    Persian Santoor, String Quartet

    2014
    8 min.
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  • Ashoob: Calligraphy No. 14 for String Quartet

    String Quartet

    2014
    8 min.
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  • Calligraphies (Nos. 1-3) for String Quartet / Quintet

    String Quartet, Double Bass

    1999
    12 min.
    • Reza Vali: Three Calligraphies for String Quartet
      Reza Vali: Three Calligraphies for String Quartet
    • Calligraphy No 1 (Hazin)
      Calligraphy No 1 (Hazin)
    • Calligraphy No. II (Zand)
      Calligraphy No. II (Zand)
    • Calligraphy No. III (Aksak)
      Calligraphy No. III (Aksak)
  • Calligraphy No. 4

    Persian Santoor (hammered dulcimer), String Quartet

    2001
    7 min.
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  • Chant and Dance

    Flute(d Picc, Alto Flute), Clarinet(d BCl), Pno(d Clst), Perc(3)

    1990
    16 min.
    • Watch "Chant"
      Watch "Chant"
    • Watch "Dance"
      Watch "Dance"
  • Folk Songs Set No. 8

    Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano Solo: Flute(d Picc), Clarinet(d BCl), Perc(1), Harp, Piano, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

    1989
    15 min.
    • Watch "Song I"
      Watch "Song I"
    • Watch "Song II"
      Watch "Song II"
    • Watch "Song III"
      Watch "Song III"
    • Watch "Song IV"
      Watch "Song IV"
    • Watch "Song V"
      Watch "Song V"
    • Watch "Song VI"
      Watch "Song VI"
    • Watch "Song VII"
      Watch "Song VII"
  • Folk Songs: Set No. 11A

    4 Cellos

    1995
    8 min.
  • Folk Songs: Set No. 11B

    String Quartet

    1995
    8 min.
    • Watch Apollo Chamber Players perform "Folksong Set No. 11B for String Quartet"
      Watch Apollo Chamber Players perform "Folksong Set No. 11B for String Quartet"
    • Watch Carpe Diem String Quartet perform "Folksong Set No. 11B for String Quartet"
      Watch Carpe Diem String Quartet perform "Folksong Set No. 11B for String Quartet"
    • Watch Movement I
      Watch Movement I
    • Watch Movement II
      Watch Movement II
  • Folk Songs: Set No. 12A

    Mezzo soprano or soprano solo, string quartet (vl.1, vl.2, vla., vcl.), piano

    12 min.
    • Watch "Song I, In the Style of an Armenian Folk Song"
      Watch "Song I, In the Style of an Armenian Folk Song"
    • Watch "Song II, Rain"
      Watch "Song II, Rain"
    • Watch "Song III, Love Song "
      Watch "Song III, Love Song "
    • Watch "Song IV, Lament"
      Watch "Song IV, Lament"
    • Watch "Song V, Love Song"
      Watch "Song V, Love Song"
  • Folk Songs: Set No. 12B

    4 Cellos

    1996
    4 min.
  • Folk Songs: Set No. 13

    4 Cellos

    1996
    14 min.
  • Folk Songs: Set No. 15

    Flute(d AFl, Picc), Clarinet (d Eb Clar, Bass Clar), Percussion, Violin, Cello

    1999
    20 min.
    • Watch Movement I
      Watch Movement I
    • Watch Movement II
      Watch Movement II
    • Watch Movement III
      Watch Movement III
    • Watch Movement IV
      Watch Movement IV
    • Watch Movement V
      Watch Movement V
    • Watch Movement VI
      Watch Movement VI
    • Watch Movement VII
      Watch Movement VII
  • Gâtâr: Calligraphy No. 11 for String Quartet

    String Quartet

    2011
    12 min.
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  • Geryân: Calligraphy No. 12 for String Quartet

    String Quartet

    2012
    9 min.
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  • Kereshmeh: Calligraphy No. 8

    Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon, Contrabassoon, Percussion (3). (Performers divided into 3 independent groups.)

    2007
    5 min.
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  • Kismet: Calligraphy No. 7

    Flute Trio: Fl 1 dAFl, Picc; Fl 2 & 3 dAFl

    2007
    8 min.
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  • Love Songs

    Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

    2003
    7 min.
    • Movement I
      Movement I
    • Movement II
      Movement II
    • Movement III
      Movement III
  • Nayshâborak (Calligraphy No. 6)

    String Quartet

    2006
    10 min.
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  • Ormavi, String Quartet No. 4

    String Quartet

    2017
    18 min.
    • Watch I. Hisar 1
      Watch I. Hisar 1
    • Watch II. Osool
      Watch II. Osool
    • Watch III. Hesâr
      Watch III. Hesâr
    • IV. Zirafkand 1
      IV. Zirafkand 1
    • V. Hisar 2
      V. Hisar 2
    • VI. Zirafkand 2
      VI. Zirafkand 2
    • VII. Rooh
      VII. Rooh
    • VIII. Hora
      VIII. Hora
  • Raak: Calligraphy No. 15

    String Quartet

    2015
    15 min.
    • Watch Video
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    • Listen to the Recording
      Listen to the Recording
  • Sornâ: Folk Songs Set No 17 for Solo Clarinet and 7 Players

    Solo Clarinet in Bb, Flute(dPicc, Afl), Clarinet(dEb Clar, Bcl), 2 Percussion, Piano(dChimes), Violin(dChimes), Cello(dChimes)

    2015
    12 min.
    • Movement I
      Movement I
    • Movement II
      Movement II
    • Movement III
      Movement III
    • Movement IV
      Movement IV
  • String Quartet No. 2

    String Quartet

    1991
    30 min.
    • Movement I
      Movement I
    • Movement II
      Movement II
    • Movement III
      Movement III
    • Movement IV
      Movement IV
  • String Quartet No. 3

    String Quartet

    2001
    21 min.
    • Movement I
      Movement I
    • Movement II
      Movement II
    • Movement III
      Movement III
  • The Night of Power

    2 Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Perc(3), Pno(d Clst), Violin, Cello,*Electric Instruments (1 player): MIDI keyboard-controller, Yamaha tx 816 Synth, Roland d-550 Synth, Lexicon PCM effect processor, and MID

    1990
    18 min.
  • Zand: Calligraphy no. 2 for String Quartet

    String Quartet

    1999
    5 min.
    • Calligraphies: II. Calligraphy No. 2 (Zand)
      Calligraphies: II. Calligraphy No. 2 (Zand)
  • Zand: Calligraphy No. 2, Version for Flute and String Trio

    flute, violin, viola, cello

    1999
    5 min.
  • Zand: Calligraphy No. 2, Version for Ney and String Trio

    ney, violin, viola, cello

    1999
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  • Zand: Calligraphy No. 2, Version for Oud and String Trio

    oud, violin, viola, cello

    1999
    5 min.

Chamber Orchestra

  • Folk Songs: Set No. 10

    Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano Solo: 2(1d Picc, 1d AFl).1(d EH).2(1,2d BCl).1: 1.1.1.1: Timp.Perc(2).Pno.Hp: Str (9.8.6.4.4 or 1.1.1.1.1)

    1993
    15 min.
    • Watch "Song I"
      Watch "Song I"
    • Watch "Song II"
      Watch "Song II"
    • Watch "Song III"
      Watch "Song III"
    • Watch "Song IV"
      Watch "Song IV"
  • Folk Songs: Set No. 14

    Mezzo-Soprano or Soprano Solo: 1(d Picc).1(d EH).1(d BCl).1(d Cbsn): 2.1.1.1: Timp.Perc(2).Pno.Hp: Str (9.8.6.4.4 or 1.1.1.1.1)

    1998
    12 min.
    • Watch "Song I"
      Watch "Song I"
    • Watch "Song II"
      Watch "Song II"
    • Watch "Song III"
      Watch "Song III"
    • Watch "Song IV"
      Watch "Song IV"
    • Watch "Song V"
      Watch "Song V"
  • Persian Folk Songs: Set No. 7

    Soprano Solo: 1(d AFl, Picc).1(d EH).1(d BCl).1(d Cbsn): 1.1.1.1: Timp.Perc(2).Pno.Hp: Str (9.8.6.4.4 , 6.6.4.4.2, or 1.1.1.1.1)

    1986
    17 min.
    • Watch "Song I"
      Watch "Song I"
    • Watch "Song II"
      Watch "Song II"
    • Watch "Song III"
      Watch "Song III"
    • Watch "Song IV"
      Watch "Song IV"
    • Watch "Song V"
      Watch "Song V"
    • Watch "Song VI"
      Watch "Song VI"

Chorus

  • Four Persian Folk Songs: Set No. 5

    Soprano Solo: Children's Chorus or SSA Chorus, Harp, Piano, Perc(2)

    1984
    10 min.
  • Persian Folklore

    SATB Chorus

    1987
    5 min.

Orchestra

  • Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

    Flute Solo: 1(d AFl, Picc).1(d EH).1(d A Clarinet, Bass Clar).0: 2.1.1.1: Timp.Perc(4).Hp: Str (6.6.4.4.2 or 6.4.4.3.2)

    1997
    20 min.
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  • Deylámân

    4(2d AFl, 1d Bass Flute, 2d Picc).3(1d EH).4(1d Eb Clar, 2d BCl).3(1d Cbsn): 4.3.3.1: Timp.Perc(6).Pno(d Clst).Harp.Persian Ney.Persian Oud: Str. (Ney may be replaced by a Flute; 6 string Lute may substitute for Oud)

    1995
    20 min.
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  • Four Movements for String Quartet and Orchestra

    String Quartet Soli and String Orchestra

    1993
    30 min.
    • Watch Movement I
      Watch Movement I
    • Watch Movement II
      Watch Movement II
    • Watch Movement III
      Watch Movement III
    • Watch Movement IV
      Watch Movement IV
  • Funebre

    Violin Solo: String Orchestra (8.8.6.4.4 or 6.6.4.4.2)

    1992
    9 min.
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  • Isfahan (Calligraphy No. 16)

    2(2dPicc).2(2dEh).2(2dBcl).2(2dCbsn):2.2.2.1:Timp.Perc(2).Pno..Hp.Str.

    Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    2017
    22 min.
  • Opening Music

    2(1d Picc).2(1d EH).2.2: 5.3.3.1: Timp.Perc(3): Str

    1988
    8 min.
  • Ravan

    2(1dPicc, 2dAFl).2(2dEH).2(2dBCl).1+Cbsn: 2.1.1.1: Timp.Perc(2).Pno.Hp: Str

    Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    2013
    5 min.
  • Segâh: Double Concerto for Persian Ney, Kamanche, and Orchestra

    Ney (Persian Flute) and Kamanche (Persian/ Turkish spike fiddle) soli: 2(2dPicc).1dEH.2(1dCl in A, 2dBcl).2(2dCbsn): 1.2.2.1: Timp(dPersian Frame Drum).Perc(2).Pno.Hp: Str

    2010
    29 min.
    • Watch the Segâh Festival Ensemble perform "Segah: Double Concerto for Persian Ney, Kamanche, and Orchestra"
      Watch the Segâh Festival Ensemble perform "Segah: Double Concerto for Persian Ney, Kamanche, and Orchestra"
  • The Ancient Call: Calligraphy No. 13

    Trumpet Solo: 2(1dAfl, 2dPicc).1(dEh).2(2dBcl).2(2dCbsn):2.2.2.1: 3 Perc(1dTimp).Pno.Hp: Str

    2014
    14 min.
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  • The Being of Love: Folk Songs Set No. 16

    Soprano or Mezzo Voice: 2(2d AFl, Picc).2(2dEH).2(1dCl in A, 2dBCl).2(2dCbsn): 2.2.2.1: Timp.Perc(4).Pno (d Clst).Hp: Str(10.9.8.7.6)

    Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    2005
    27 min.
  • The Darkness of Fury

    2(2dPicc).2(1dEH).2.2: 4(+opt Hn5).3.3.1: Timp.Perc(2): Str

    2012
    5 min.
    • Watch Kharkiv Philharmonic Orchestra perform "The Darkness of Fury"
      Watch Kharkiv Philharmonic Orchestra perform "The Darkness of Fury"
    • Watch Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic perform "The Darkness of Fury"
      Watch Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic perform "The Darkness of Fury"
  • The Dervish and the Magus

    Cello Solo: 2(1d Picc, 1d AFl).1(d EH).2(2d Eb Clar, 1d BCl).1(d Cbsn): 1.1.2.1: Timp.Perc(2).Pno(d Clst).Harp(d low chimes): Str 6.2.2.2.2

    1994
    26 min.
  • Toward That Endless Plain: Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra

    Persian Ney (Flute) Solo: 2(dPicc).2(2dEH).2(1dEbCl, 2dBCl).2(2dCbsn): 2.2.2.1: Perc(3).Pno(dShaker).Hp(dSiren, Shakers): Str(last 2 Vn1 stands dClaves, Guiro; last Vn2 stand dTemple Blocks)

    2003
    19 min.
    • Watch Movement I
      Watch Movement I
    • Watch Movement II
      Watch Movement II
    • Watch Movement III
      Watch Movement III

Solo / Duo

  • Blue Johannes

    Piano Solo

    2012
    7 min.
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  • Calligraphy No. 5, version for Solo Viola

    Viola Solo

    2003
    6 min.
  • Calligraphy No. 5, version for Solo Violin

    Violin Solo

    2003
    6 min.
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  • Der Eisberg

    Solo Piano

    1983
    8 min.
  • Folk Songs: Set No. 12C

    Cello, Piano

    1996
    5 min.
  • Folk Songs: Set No. 12D

    Horn, Piano

    2002
    7 min.
  • Folk Songs: Set No. 9 for Flute and Cello

    Flute (d Piccolo, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Tambourine), Cello (d 6 crystal glasses, Tom-Tom)

    1991
    18 min.
    • Watch Movement I
      Watch Movement I
    • Watch Movement II
      Watch Movement II
    • Watch Movement III
      Watch Movement III
    • Watch Movement IV
      Watch Movement IV
    • Watch Movement V
      Watch Movement V
    • Watch Movement VI
      Watch Movement VI
    • Watch Movement VII
      Watch Movement VII
    • Watch Movement VIII
      Watch Movement VIII
  • Four Persian Folk Songs: Set No. 1

    Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano, Piano

    1979
    12 min.
  • Gestures

    Solo Piano

    1980
    10 min.
  • Gozaar: Calligraphy no. 5 for Guitar

    Guitar Solo

    2003
    6 min.
    • Watch Video
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  • Khojasteh: Calligraphy No. 10 for Violin and Cello

    Violin, Cello

    2010
    9 min.
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  • Kismet: Calligraphy No. 7, Version for Solo Flute and Electronics

    Solo Flute, Pre-recorded multiple flute tracks

    2007
    9 min.
    • Watch Video
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  • Kord for Solo Cello: Calligraphy No. 9

    Cello Solo

    2008
    5 min.
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    • Watch Evan Kahn perform "Kord for Solo Cello: Calligraphy No. 9"
      Watch Evan Kahn perform "Kord for Solo Cello: Calligraphy No. 9"
    • Watch Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun perform  "Kord for Solo Cello: Calligraphy No. 9"
      Watch Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun perform "Kord for Solo Cello: Calligraphy No. 9"
  • Love Drunk

    Violin, Piano

    2014
    7 min.
    • Watch I. Longing
      Watch I. Longing
    • Watch II. In Memory of a Lost Beloved
      Watch II. In Memory of a Lost Beloved
    • Watch III. The Girl from Shiraz
      Watch III. The Girl from Shiraz
    • Watch IV. Love Drunk
      Watch IV. Love Drunk
  • Nine Persian Folk Songs: Set No. 2

    Soprano, Piano

    1981
    12 min.
  • Persian Folk Songs: Set No. 16C

    Cello, Piano

    2016
    20 min.
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  • Persian Suite: Folk Songs: Set No. 12E

    Flute, Piano

    2002
    7 min.
    • Watch Julieta Blanco & Vahan Sargsyan perform "Persian Suite: Folk Songs: Set No. 12E"
      Watch Julieta Blanco & Vahan Sargsyan perform "Persian Suite: Folk Songs: Set No. 12E"
  • Reminiscences

    Solo Piano

    1986
    10 min.
  • Song for Solo Flute

    Flute Solo

    1987
    7 min.
    • Watch Laura Chislett perform "Song for Solo Flute"
      Watch Laura Chislett perform "Song for Solo Flute"
  • Three Romantic Songs

    Violin, Piano

    2011
    7 min.
    • Watch Roy Sonne and Yeeha Chiu perform "Three Romantic Songs"
      Watch Roy Sonne and Yeeha Chiu perform "Three Romantic Songs"
    • Watch I. Moderato
      Watch I. Moderato
    • Watch II. Adagio – Molto allegro
      Watch II. Adagio – Molto allegro
    • Watch III. Tango Johannes
      Watch III. Tango Johannes
    • Watch Video
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Western criticism considers Reza Vali as the “Persian Bartók”, given that he combines traditional work with modern compositional techniques, follows formal procedures and uses effective and enchanting rhythms.

Antonio Baldassarre and Tatjana Markovic, Music Cultures in Sounds, Word and Images