The Dastgah Concept in Persian Music

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 8, 2004 - Music - 201 pages
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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
3
Intervals and scales in contemporary Persian music
7
Musical concepts and terminology
19
Dastgdhe Sur
21
Dastgdhe Abuata
35
Dastgdhe DaSti
39
Dastgdhe Baydte Tork
45
Dastgdhe Baydte Esfahdn
77
Dastgdhe Navd
79
Dastgdhe Mdhur
89
Dastgdhe Rdst RdstPanjgdh
100
Vagrant gws
109
Compositional forms
113
Closing statement
121
Appendix
122

Dastgdhe Afiari
47
Dastgdhe Segdh
52
Dastgdhe Cahdrgdh
56
Dastgdhe Homdyun
60
Notes
193
Bibliography
195
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