Morghe Sahar (Bird of Dawn)

One of the most celebrated Iranian ballads, Morghe Sahar (Bird of Dawn) is widely regarded as the unofficial anthem for Iranian freedom. Its lyrics were conceived in response to the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of the early 20th-century, but present-day Iranians sing it as a rallying cry against Iran’s tyrannical government—hoping that one day a bird of dawn will arise from the darkness of the night.

My arrangement is a tribute to the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement, and dedicated to the memory of Jina Mahsa Amini. By adding harmony to a traditionally monophonic song, I sought to shroud the melody in a mournful veil, reflecting the sorrow of an oppressed people.


  • For soprano or mezzo-soprano & piano
  • Category: Voice & Instrument(s)
  • Year Composed: 2023
  • Duration: 7'
  • Commissioner: National Association of Teachers of Singing and Cincinnati Song Initiative
  • Text Writer: Mohammad-Taqi Bahar
  • Language: Persian
  • Tags: Iranian Culture, Nature, Poetry, Social Justice
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  • 25 JUN 2023
  • Morghe Sahar (Bird of Dawn) - Premiere
  • Cincinnati Song Initiative (Livestream)
  • Lauren McAllister, mezzo-soprano; Samuel Martin, piano