5 October 2018

Mohsen Mohammadi wins prize for research into the modal system of Persian music

A historical painting from Hasht Behesht palace, Isfahan, Iran, from 1669. Source: Wikimedia
A historical painting from Hasht Behesht palace, Isfahan, Iran, from 1669. Source: Wikimedia

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections has awarded Dr Mohsen Mohammad a 'Certificate of Merit' within the 2018 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. In his dissertation Mohsen Mohammadi studied the modal system of Persian music and its development from the fourteenth century onwards.

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modal innovations of persian classical music 

Dr. Mohsen Mohammadi
Dr. Mohsen Mohammadi

Mohsen's remarkable research on modal innovations of Persian classical music, documented on recordings and in treatises, was defended as PhD thesis on June 14, 2017, via intercontinental video connection. Utrecht promotors were Prof. Emile Wennekes and Prof. Karl Kügle. Mohsen started his dissertation project as a PhD International of the Onderzoeksinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Cultuur (OGC) and was then attached to the Instituut voor Cultuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (ICON). As of next month, Mohsen is appointed as lecturer at University of Californa, Los Angeles (UCLA).