Mehdi Hosseini in 45th International festival “St. Petersburg Musical Spring”

Presenting “Peshtpa” will take place on the 15 May, 2010 as part of the 45th international music festival “ST. PETERSBURG MUSICAL SPRING”.

The Peshtpa by Mehdi Hosseini was completed in 2009. It is based on Kurdish Music. The work is scored for Oboe, Bass Clarinet, and Violoncello. The Trio presented first time at the International Conference A REVERSE PERSPECTIVE which was included on a program that is dedicated to the anniversaries of the births of Pushkin (210 years), Gogol (200 years), and Futurism (100 years).

The Peshtpa is a dance tune from Kurdistan. Cyclic dances and chain dances are the two most important categories to which Kurdish dances are classified. In both of them maghams are played in sequence in a defined order, usually from slow movements to rapid ones. The major center of these dances is Sanandaj and its peripheries. Pehstpa as a cyclic dance begins after Garyan and has slightly faster movements. In this type of dance the feet hit to the back of leg, hence the term Peshtpa which means “behind the leg”.

Listen to a fragment of Hosseini’s Peshtpa:

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Mehdi Hosseini was born in 1979 in Tehran. He began his musical training in Iran, studying Persian music and the fundaments of composition under the guidance of Farhad Fakhreddini.

Following his studies in Iran, Hosseini finished his Master’s degree at the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory with Professor Alexander Minatsakanian and his Doctor of Music degree (DMA) in Composition with Sergei Slonimsky. Hosseini also studied composition with composer Nigel Osborn, worked on problems of music theory under the direction of professor T. Bershadskaya, and is presently a Doctoral Candidate of Musicology at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory.

His music and style has demonstrated his creative capabilities as a composer and his research abilities as a ethnomusicologist and theorist. Hosseini has written symphonic music and chamber orchestra pieces for ensembles and soloists in various compositional genres. At its core, his music reflects his on-going research into the astonishing variety of Persian regional folk music and, in particular, the structure of Magham music.  Mehdi Hosseini’s works show a strong monodic music influence, originally interpreted and incorporated into a personal style.

His music achieves a subtle fusion of contemporary composition and ancient Persian musical traditions which can be heard in his Quartets, which utilize folk material from Northern Khorestan and Bakhtiari; his Symphony of Monody, which is based on Lorestan songs; and his 2008 Concerto for String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra, which finds its source in the Magham of southeastern region of Torbate-jam.

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