Behzad Ranjbaran

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Behzad Ranjbaran (born 1955, Tehran) is a Persian composer.

Life and career[edit]

Ranjbaran was born and raised in Iran. He entered the Tehran Conservatory at the age of 9. Ranjbaran continued his study of composition at Indiana University. He obtained a DMA from the Juilliard School.

Ranjbaran's music is strongly rooted in the Neo-Romantic movement of the late 20th Century, as well as showing the influence of Iranian and other non-Western music. He has written compositions for, among others, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, and Yo-Yo Ma, as well a piano concerto for Jean-Yves Thibaudet.[1]

Many of his works are inspired by Persian culture and literature. Persian Trilogy, a large orchestral cycle completed in 2000, was inspired by the Shahnameh of the 11th Century Persian poet Ferdowsi. He has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1991.[2]

Selected works[edit]

Orchestral
  • Elegy for string orchestra (1985)
  • Persian Trilogy
  1. Seemorgh (1991)
  2. The Blood of Seyavash (1994)
  3. Seven Passages (2000)
  • Symphony No. 1 (1992)
  • Awakening for string orchestra (2005)
  • Saratoga (2005)
  • Mithra (2010)
Concertos
  • Concerto for violin and orchestra (1994)
  • Concerto for cello and orchestra (1998)
  • Elegy for cello and orchestra (1998)
  • Moto Perpetuo for violin and string orchestra (2001)
  • Elegy for cello (or clarinet) and string orchestra (2004)
  • Concerto for piano and orchestra (2008)
  • Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra (2009)
  • Concerto for flute and orchestra (2013)
  • Concerto for viola and orchestra (2014)
Chamber music
  • Six Caprices for 2 violins (1988)
  • String Quartet No. 1 (1988)
  • Dance of Life for violin and double bass (1990)
  • Caprice No. 1 for violin solo (1995)
  • Moto Perpetuo for violin and piano (1998)
  • Ballade for double bass solo (1999)
  • Elegy for cello and piano (2000)
  • Moto Perpetuo for flute and piano (2004)
  • "Enchanted Garden" for piano Quintet (2005)
  • Shiraz for violin, cello and piano (2006)
  • Isfahan for clarinet, harp, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass (2007)
  • Fountains of Fin for flute, violin and cello (2008)
Piano works
  • Nocturne (A Night in a Persian Garden) (2002)
Vocal
  • Songs of Eternity for soprano and orchestra (1998)
  • Thomas Jefferson for narrator, solo cello and orchestra (1998)
  • Three Persian Songs for soprano and piano
Choral
  • Open Secret for chorus and mixed chamber ensemble (1999)
  • We Are One for acapella chorus (2008)

Awards[edit]

[citation needed]

  • Rudolf Nissim Award
  • Charles Ives Award

Students[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Behzad Ranjbaran's Piano Concerto to be performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra". Payvand's Iran News. 2008-06-04. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  2. ^ "Behzad Ranjbaran". The Juilliard School. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 

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