Bani Adam: Musica Sacra

Behzad Ranjbaran's short choral work based on Persian classic poet Sa'adi

New York's oldest choir Musica Sacra performs an a capella concert dedicated to contemporary composers at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Behzad Ranjbaran's short choral work based on Persian classic poet Sa'adi "Bani Adam" is the only one performed in Persian. In an interview with VOA Persian TV's Behnam Nateghi, conductor Kent Tritle says everyone needs to be reminded of Sa'adi's words all the time, and composer Ranjbaran says the importance of the words dictated to him that they should be sung in their original Persian.



All Adam's sons are limbs of one another

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for in creation , they are of the same substance as the other

when a member suffers pain and grief

the other members can not win relief

those who are heedless to the pain of others

it is not fit to call them men



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The Iranian poet Saidee is from Shiraz.


Of the same essence

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I don't want to squeeze any of my friends' Persian soft spots here............but in order to read Sadi with a comfortable level of comprehension some kind of knowledge of basic Arabic and Quranic language is a must...........

...........And then, what Creation ladies and gentlemen?..........have you already forgotten?.........We are Secccccccccccularrrrrrrrrr........



بنی آدم اعضای یکدیگرند


بنی آدم اعضای یکدیگرند - بجز تند روها که گاو و خرند


نابرده رنج گنج میسر نمیشود - صد آفرین به بهزاد کاین گونه کار کرد



آنها که سخت و محکم بر طبل جنگ کوبند

باید دهند پاسخ، باید به ما بگویند

کایا ره رهآیی، راه نجات مردم

ازشیوهای نازیسم، از راه زور جویند

این راه احمدی هاست، این شیوه  فاشیست هاست

جای صلیب هیتلر، خال سپاه کوبند

از آریای هیتلر، ضدّ یهود و عرب

از آن نژاد و مذهب، چون حیوان بدخویند

بر ضدّ ملت کرد، ضدّ بلوچ و "تازی!"

علیه هر ملیت، نها ل  کینه رویند

ما از تبار سعدی، آن شاعر بزرگیم

‌آنان که دست هاشان ،  زاین  چرک ها بشویند

Maryam Hojjat

I am very proud today because of Mr. Ranjbaran &

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Our Iranian (Persian) culture. If akhoonds have been trying to ruin this culture I must say there have been Iranian lovers who have promoted our culture. Such a wonderful!


he is a true Iranian

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When Behzad responded to his question, I could tell he is a true Iranian with lots of love for Iran 



Persian Voice.

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I call this a "real" influential Persian voice.