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History and Practice of the Persian Radif: From Modal System to Canonic Repertoire
Professor Jean During is emeritus senior fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris. He spent 11 years in Iran and 5 years in Uzbekistan where he conducted systematic ethnomusicological fieldwork on the music systems of inner Asia, but also on Sufi and Shamanic rituals. Professor Jean During has published 12 books on the musical traditions and cultures of Inner Asia. In addition to more than 100 articles in specialized revues and encyclopaedia, Professor During has also released around 50 CDs with scientific notes. Three of his books have been translated into Persian, and two in Italian. During his first stay in Iran from 1971 to 1981, he studied the lutes târ and setâr and frequented the masters of traditional music. He won the prize of setâr at Bârbad Concourse organized by Iranian National TV. He is one of the few Westerners who devoted himself to composition in the Middle Eastern maqâm forms, for which he got a prize from Cultures France in 2007.
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