The Dastgah Concept in Persian Music

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 8, 2004 - Music - 216 pages
The tradition of Persian art music embodies twelve modal systems, known as dastgahs. Each dastgah represents a complex of skeletal melodic models on the basis of which a performer produces extemporised pieces. The dastgahs revolve around unspecified central nuclear melodies which the individual musician comes to know through experience and absorption. It is a personal and elusive tradition of great subtlety and depth. Through extensive research, including interviews with leading musicians and recording over one hundred hours of music, Hormoz Farhat has unravelled the art of the dastgah. In his study Professor Farhat analyses the intervallic structure, melodic patterns, modulations, and improvisations within each dastgah, and examines the composed pieces which have become a part of the classical repertoire in recent times.
 

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I liked the book,it's a precious work since it has been written in national language and can introduce genuine persian music to the world .the author has tried to ignore the mistakes occured during last decades in order to match persian music to the western music.

Contents

Opening statement 1 A brief historical perspective
1
Intervals and scales in contemporary Persian music
2
Musical concepts and terminology
3
Dastgāhe Šur
27
Dastgāhe Abuatā
35
Dastgāhe Dašti
39
Dastgāhe Bayāte Tork
43
Dastgāhe Afšari
47
Dastgāhe Navā
79
Dastgāhe Māhur
85
Dastgāhe Rāst RāstPanjgah
100
Vagrant gušes
109
Compositional forms
113
Closing statement
121
Appendix
122
Notes
193

Dastgāhe Segah
53
Dastgāhe Čahārgāh
56
Dastgāhe Homāyun
65
Dastgāhe Bayāte Esfahān
76

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