Navid Bargrizan is a Ph.D. candidate in historical musicology and the Tedder Family Doctoral Fellow of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Spheres at the University of Florida, pursing a cognate in composition. Previously, he studied systematic musicology, historical musicology, art history, and composition, in Hamburg and Tehran. Throughout his education, his most important mentors have been Hamidreza Dibazar, Mehran Rouhani, Mostafa-Kamal Pourtorab, Sharif Lotfi, Albrecht Schneider, Manfred Stahnke, Silvio dos Santos, and Jennifer Thomas. As a musicologist, Navid conducts research on intersections of technology, philosophy, theater, and music; the socio-political implications of the popular music; and the 19th-century, German Romantic tragedy. He has presented papers on the music and aesthetics of Manfred Stahnke, Harry Partch, Mozart, and Roger Waters in Berlin, Hamburg, Kassel, Salzburg, Istanbul, Toronto, Ottawa, Washington DC., New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Sacramento, Dallas, Kansas City, West Palm Beach, Baton Rouge, Hattiesburg, and Gainesville, in such venues as the Society for American Music, German Studies Association, International Association of the Study of Popular Studies, Conference for Interdisciplinary Musicology, Conference of the Canadian University Music Society, Microtöne: Small is Beautiful Symposium at Mozarteum, Conference of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Musicult 15' Music and Cultural Studies Conference at the Istanbul Technical University, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, ECHO Conference at UCLA, and the regional American Musicological Society meetings of the New England, California, and the Southern Chapters. Navid’s papers are published in the proceedings of the 9th Conference of Interdisciplinary Musicology at Staatliches Institut der Musikforschung Berlin, and the MUSICULT ‘15 Music and Cultural Studies Conference hosted by Istanbul Technical University and Turkish State Music Conservatory. His article "Microtones, Technology, and Mediation in Manfred Stahnke's Orpheus Kristall" is published in Müzik-Bilim Dergisi: The Journal of Musicology. Navid's interview with Don Freund, the composer-in-residence of the 2015 national conference of Society of Composers Inc, is published in the July/August 2015 issue of SCI's Newsletter. His review of S. Andrew Granade's Harry Partch, The Hobo Composer is published in the Journal of Society for American Music. The Journal of the Society for American Music has also published Navid's review of the new Kepler Quartet's recording of Ben Johnston's string quartets. His article "The Monkey is Amused to Death: Roger Waters' Concept Album and its Commercial Failure" is published in the series Systematische Musikwissenschaft: Popular Music Studies Today, by the Springer-Verlag, and his article "Parallel Trajectories in Manfred Stahnke's Internet Opera Orpheus Kristall" in eContatc! Online Journal for Electroacoustic Practices. As a composer Navid experiments with microtones, tunings, tone systems, intonations, and electronics. His music is performed in USA, Germany, Italy, and Iran, in venues such as New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Society of Composers Inc. Region IV Conference at UNCG, 3rd Eastern Music Festival's Chamber Crawl, North American Saxophone Alliance Region VI Conference at Valdosta State University, Southeastern Saxophone Summit at UF, Stacks/Collapss concerts in Greensboro North Carolina, Midwest Graduate Music Consortium 2015 at Northwestern University, 3rd and 5th Florida Contemporary Music Festival, Unbalanced Connection 57 Electroacoustic semi-annual concerts, and the 2015, 2016, and 2018 student chapter concert of the Society of Composers Inc. at University of Florida. While at University of Florida, Bargrizan has studied composition with Paul Richards, Paul Koonce, and James Paul Sain. Navid's appearances as conductor include, among others, the winter 2016 concert of UF New Music Ensemble in the performance of Gérard Grisey's Périodes and Luke Dahn's Penumbrae, Spring 2016 concert of the same ensemble in the performance of Schulamit Ran's Mirage, and the 2015 performance of his own de-tuned woodwind quintet Tuning Exercise Nr.1 by the Great Southern Woodwind Quintet, all at the University of Florida. He has worked as instructor for music appreciation courses at the University of Florida, since 2013. Prior to that, he had been working as teaching fellow and tutor for various music history, music theory, and general humanities courses, at the University of Florida and University of Hamburg. The courses that he has taught or assisted in include "Introduction to the Music Literature," "Music as a Social Experience," "Graduate Music History Review," "Music History Survey III: 19th and 20th-Century Music," "Renaissance Counterpoint," "Functional Harmony," and "Figured Bass." Navid has been named 2017-18 Tedder Family Doctoral Fellow of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere of the University of Florida. In summer 2015, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) awarded Navid a generous German Studies scholarship which enabled him to conduct his pre-dissertation research in Germany. He has received a 2016 Doctoral Research Travel Award by the University of Florida's Graduate School to conduct parts of his dissertation research at the archives containing Harry Partch's and Ben Johnston's materials, at the University of Illinois, University of California San Diego, and at Northwestern University. He was awarded the University of Florida’s College of Arts 2015 Best of College Creative Research Award for his composition 10 Aphorisms for Saxophone Duo, and the 2013 Robert T. and Beverly N. Singer Music School Fellowship. He was given an honorable mention for his piece Structure I for 10 instruments, in 2015 Fine Arts College Council Juried Art Exhibition at the University of Florida. He has received several travel grants and other scholarships by the University of Florida, University of Hamburg, Government of Salzburg Austria, Society for American Music, and Institut fuer neue Musik und Musikerziehung Darmstadt. Navid was a finalist of the 2016 American Prize for Composition, Chamber Music, a national competition for the excellence in art.


10 Aphorisms for Saxophone Duo

PDF score

10 Aphorisms is a collection of short pieces for soprano and tenor saxophone, which applies minimum pitch materials by means of using a peculiar harmony system, called “difference-tone harmony.” This piece intends to break through the boundaries of equal temperament and the common practice of the Western music up to the thirteenth partial in the overtone series. Hence, each of these short ten aphorisms contains a specific just-tuned interval in the soprano saxophone and the quadratic- as well as the cubic difference tones of this interval in the tenor saxophone.