Maestro Rahbari’s latest music features Goethe’s Hafez-inspired poetry

TEHRAN – Maestro Ali Rahbari plans to compose a piece for a poem by the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, West-East Divan, composed under the inspiration of the Persian poet Hafez.

The piece was commissioned by Naxos Records, a Hong Kong-based German label specializing in classical music, ILNA’s Persian service reported on Saturday.

Naxos Records has so far released three volumes of Rahbari’s album, “My Mother Persia”.

The China NCPA Orchestra plans to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Iran and China by performing two symphonic poems from the album at two concerts in July.

Goethe wrote the West-East Divan between 1814 and 1819 under the influence of Hafez’s poetry.

The collection marks a literary encounter between German and Persian literature that began in 1814. In the spring of that year Goethe received a German translation of Hafez’s divan in two volumes from the publisher Cotta of Stuttgart.

The translator was Austrian Orientalist Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, whose translations and commentaries played a major role in the knowledge of the East by the Germans.

Hammer’s translation of the couch broadens and broadens the knowledge of the East that Goethe had acquired in his youth, so that he could now, at the age of 65, devote himself more intensely to the East, and mainly to Persia.

“In fact, Hammer-Purgstall built a bridge between Goethe and Hafez,” Iranian researcher Kurosh Kamali Sarvestani once said.

The connection between Goethe and Hafez has always been a source of inspiration for other artistic productions.

Iranian filmmaker Farshad Fereshteh-Hekmat produced the “Hafez and Goethe” docufiction in 2018 to shed light on Goethe de Hafez’s great inspiration.

Photo: Iranian composer Ali Rahbari.


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