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UN Commissions the Restoration of 5000-Year-Old Persian Harp


01 November 2007



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LONDON, (CAIS) -- The United Nations has commissioned the restoration of an ancient Iranian string instrument, a Persian harp, in the city of Qazvin.

“The Persian harp dates back to 3000 BCE and is going to be restored after seven years of historical research,” Seifollah Shokri, the craftsman in charge of the restoration said.

“The instrument was first identified by a research team from Chicago University, while excavating an ancient hill in the southern province of Khuzestan, which bore the image of the world's oldest music orchestra,” he added.

“The project will be finished by the year 2009, and the restored harp will be unveiled at the first International Civil Planning Olympiad in Persepolis,” announced Shokri.

The four-thousand-year-old “Song of the Creation” will also be performed during the Olympiad. This song, which was found on an ancient cuneiform plaque, has been transcribed into modern musical notation.

The harp (called 'Chang' in Persian) flourished in Persia in many forms since its introduction in about 3000 BCE. The original version was an arched harp, which was replaced around 1900 BCE. by angular harps with vertical or horizontal sound boxes.




Extracted From/Source*: Iran Press TV


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