Simon Broughton presents a special programme from Iran. Although popular music has been surpressed since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran's classical music has flourished.
Simon Broughton presents a special programme from Iran. Although popular music has been surpressed since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran's classical music has flourished, with the full support of the government. Spike fiddle player Kayhan Kalhor leads an ensemble in some classic pieces of Persian music, performing in a home in Teheran.
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Music and featured items
Simon Broughton explains how music was banned during the Islamic Revolution.
Kamanche, the Persian fiddle.
Simon’s guide, Kahan Kalhor, demonstrates the Kamanche, the Persian fiddle.
Persian classical ensembles.
We hear four instrumentalist typical of Persian classical ensembles.
Four Persian classical musicians.
An ensemble of four Persian classical musicians play various instruments.
Classical music in Iran.
Simon asks how classical music fits into contemporary Iran.
Melodies of improvisation.
Simon asks about the melodies the musicians have to learn as part of improvisation.