Persian Authentic Music - موسیقی اصیل ایرانی

Grand Master Farhang Sharif - استاد فرهنگ شریف





Authentic Music (Asil Music) - The word "asil" is Arabic in origin (in Arabic أصیل ) and means "pure", noble, authentic, or of long pedigree (as in purebred). It is used in several different contexts including music. What does authentic music mean? What kind of music is authentic and why do we call our music Persian authentic music?

In order to fully understand the term, first we need to understand authenticity, authenticity refers to the quality of being authentic. Something that is authentic is not a copy and is the original version. For example an authentic painting is not a forgery or copy of the original, it is an authentic and original piece of work of art. Thus the same topic applies to music, authentic music is the creative manifestation of music at the moment of creation, and authentic music is not a copy and is an original piece of work or art.





Authentic Persian Music is the family tradition of the Sharif family, hours and hours of supreme Persian music was recorded by the grand maestro Ostad Farhang Sharif on the world renown radio Golha program and Taknavazan programs in addition to many world class albums recorded with the best legendary Persian musicians, these archives are readily available and have been gracing Persian ears for over 5 decades. Shirzad also continues this family tradition and considers this style of music his specialty, the music is different from other styles and traditions of Persian music as it symbolizes & represents everything pleasurable about life in the most passionate way possible.

The authentic styles of Persian music do not follow the traditional and typical repertoire of Persian music known as the “radif” and is generally dependent on the technique and improvisational skills of the master musician in creating spontaneous beautiful melodies using their distinctive style which would have had to have been developed long ago over the years. Almost every master musician has their own unique style of performing and sound which allows for greater artistic creativity by the musicians.






Grand Masters Ostad Farhang Sharif, Ostad Hossein Tehrani & Ostad Parviz Yahaghi

Sweetness and Beauty are exalted and sensual Persian melodies are highly desired in order to drive the listener to ecstasy & back.

Below are examples of authentic Persian music performed by Ostad Farhang Sharif, please check this space periodically for updates on these special gem performances as they become available they will be placed here for your enjoyment…



برنامهٔ رادیویی تکنوازان در دههٔ ۵۰ توسط شاگرد برجستهٔ صبا، آهنگساز و نوازنده ویولون، محمد میرنقیبی، تأسیس شد.این برنامه که به تکنوازی سازها اختصاص داشت برنامه‌ای ۱۵ دقیقه بود.به وجود آمدن این برنامه توسط محمد میرنقیبی که در زمان مدیریت روح الله خالقی، مدتی سرپرست برنامهٔ گلها نیز بوده، موجب به یادگار ماندن گنجینهٔ آثاری بسیار ارزشمند، از استادان موسیقی مان شد که قطعاً امروزه از مهم‌ترین راهنماهای هنرجویان موسیقی سنتی است. این برنامه‌ها از شماره ۱۰۱ آغاز شده و تا شماره ۷۷۸ ادامه داشته‌است .

These audio recordings are some of over 800 radio programs of Iranian National Radio before Islamic ‎Revolution which are called "The Soloists programme" (or in Persian TAKNAVAZAN).

























Ostad Farhang Sharif and Ostad Golpa teaching at UCLA University.























Of what use will a basket of flower be to thee
Take only one leaf from the “Gulistan” anthology of mine
Flowers endure but five or six days
While delight from my flower garden lasts eternally
“Saadi”

“Immortal Flowers” is in essence a treasury of Persian poetic music that has been lauded as a “bouquet of fragrant flowers that never wilts but emits an eternal aroma.” The collection “Golha-ye Javidan” (Immortal Flowers) draws from the apogee of Persian culture and civilization, celebrating its rich music adorned by beautiful words voiced beautifully by noted artists imparting the originality of thought and the true meaning of love with pithy Persian mysticism.

From ancient times, Iranian thinkers, in their privacy, elicited inspiration from music and literary works to heighten their inner awareness. At times when their age-old motherland was invaded by alien marauders, the general public, sharing sibling ethnic roots, aired their heartfelt desires and secrets with music, poem and prose. Their music and literature gained a unique affinity that pervaded temples, sanctuaries, mosques and taverns with equal influence and united them in the name of love that they professed.

With his rare command of Persian mysticism and culture highlighted by Persian literary and musical works, Davoud Pirnia made the compilation of Golha-ye Javidan a national mission of his life. His deep knowledge of and belief in the wisdom-oriented mysticism, Pirnia garnered the works that depicted the innate bond between human voice and music as he had experienced those in the gatherings of the devotees of the path of love for truth.

He titled his compilation “Golha-ye Javidan” which was made possible thanks to the collaboration of masters of Persian literature and maestros of the Persian music and the well-known as well as emerging voicing talents.

His everyman’s compilation resonated with the hearts and minds of Iranians at all tiers of education. He brought the sublime thinking of Iranian thinkers to the listeners and his work soothed the soul of his listeners to shed violence and selfishness of the followers of various religions and replace it with love of God and the truth.

The “Golha-ye Javidan” collection was broadcast for 23 years since the spring of 1956 through the winter of 1978 via the national radio network in Iran, well received by the general audience that used it as a means of social communication and national networking.

The people of Iran welcomed “Golha-ye Javidan” without reservation and opened their hearts to its offshoots such as : “Golha-ye Rangarang” (Colorful Flowers), “Barg-e Sabz” (A Green Leaf), “Yak Shakheh Gol” (A Stem of Flower) and “Golha-ye Sahrai” (Desert Flowers). Such other collections, including the “Golchin-e Hafteh” The week’s (piks of flovers) The “Golh ye – Tazeh” ( Fresh Flowers) and The Taknavazan (A solo musical pieces).

“Golha-ye Javidan Treasure” as part of Davoud Pirnia’s legacy have also drawn on the wealth of Persian arts and culture.

The “Golha-ye Javidan” treasure trove comprises 60 thousand minutes of program containing over 2,500 pieces of music and literary excerpts that have been polished and refined by leading researchers and experts trained in the East as well as the West.















































Asatid Golpa, Hayedeh, Farhang Sharif



Asatid Badiee, Mahasti, Farhang Sharif