RADIF (Persian ردیف ) designated within the classical Persian music is a collection of traditional melodic figures that have been preserved over several generations through oral transmission from masters ( Ostāds ) to their students.
The melodies are within several sound systems, called Dastgahs arranged. By the time everyone Ostad developed their own interpretations, which are named after him and expand the traditional melodies stock.
Learning the Radīfs requires a lot of practice and practice. Just as the essence of which can be captured and internalized by the interpreter, so that it can reproduce parts of it at any time. The rhythm of this Radīfs is strongly influenced by meter and meter of Persian literature. 1965, the first course of classical Iranian music was at the University of Tehran furnished and appointed as a lecturer in RADIF only Borumand Ali ( 1905-1977 ).
The origins of the Radifs are probably in Sassanian time, as the court musician Barbad composed for Khosrau II (r. 590-628 ). Barbad should have developed the basic classification of Dastgahs. 2009 RADIF was included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.