The Spirit of Sounds: The Unique Art of Ostad Elahi (1895-1974)

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Associated University Presse, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
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An unrivaled master of the sacred art of tanbour, an ancient Kurdish lute with an unusually captivating sonority, Ostad Elahi considered his music above all as a means of delving within, discovering truths, and reaching the stage of divine love.
 

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Great book about true meaning of music

Contents

Introduction
13
The Mystic and Master
21
His Ascendents and the Spiritual Terrain
22
The Vocation of Haj Nemat
24
Education
26
A Child Prodigy
28
Twelve Years of Asceticism
29
A Miraculous Event
30
Spirit Voices and the Celestial Double
111
The Power of Music
113
Effects on Other Beings
116
The Neutralization of Fire
117
Power and Control of the Effect
120
Effects on the Psyche and the Soul
121
Accounts by Artists and Connoisseurs
122
Accounts by Students
123

Music as a Way of Contemplation
31
Initial Hardships
32
In Tehran
34
The Persian Musicians
35
The Turnaround
36
The Renouncement of Renunciation
37
A Compelled Career
39
From One City to Another
40
The Opening
42
The Essence of Religion
43
The Recognition of Masters
44
Departure
45
Chronology
47
The Transfiguration of a Tradition
50
The Elaboration of the Repertoire
52
The Technical Contribution
54
Polyphonic Openings
55
Rhythmic Fluidity
56
Ornamentation
57
Transcendence of Gesture and Instrumental Technique
58
Gesture and Attitude as a Reflection of the Soul
59
Esthetic Aspects
61
A Spiritual Esthetic
65
Tension and Letting Go
66
Invention and Transformation
70
The Structure of Improvisation and the Rhythm
71
Ornamentation and Density
73
Singing and Voice
75
The Spirit of a Tradition The Functions and Purpose of the Art of Music
78
The Needs of the Soul
79
Language of Affects
80
Hal
83
Connection and Revelation
85
How to Listen How to Practice
86
SelfEffacement and Love
88
Esthetic Feeling and Spiritual Receptivity
89
Interiorization
91
The Place of Esthetic Discourse and the Question of Beauty
92
Terrestrial Music and Celestial Music Esthetics and Metaphysics
95
The Substance
96
The Masters Touch
97
Melodic Arrangements
98
The Introductory Motifs as the Cornerstone of the Edifice
99
The Keystone
100
Music as the Interface between Two Worlds
101
Mundus Imaginalis or the Interworld
103
Multiplication and The Gathering
104
Corpuscular Esthetic
108
Souls and Invisible Participants
109
Commentary
126
Sensory Inebriation
127
The Inner Workings of the Effect
129
Towards a Systematic Approach
130
The Context and the Listener
131
The Emotional and Therapeutic Effect
132
The Effect of Intention
134
Interpretation
135
The Effect on the Soul
136
The Principle of Proximity
137
Physical Proximity
138
Affective Ties and Faith
139
Mental Preparation
141
The Legacy of Ostad Elahi
144
Ostads Tanbour Lesson
146
Active Impregnation
147
The Workings of Memory
148
Merit and Favor
149
The Repertoire
151
Basic Typology
152
The Recordings
153
Whats Past is Past
154
The Second Life of a Work
155
The Advantages of the Compact Disc
156
The Ritual and Religious Framework
157
Religious Authorities and the Mystics
159
Music and Devotional Practices
163
The Spiritual Gatherings Jam
165
The Role of Music and the Course of a Traditional Session of Zekr
166
Ostads Music in a RealLife Setting
167
The Tanbour Its Technique and Its Musical System
169
The Place of the Tanbour in the Mystical Culture of the Ahle Haqq
170
History and Organology of the Tanbour
171
The Sides of the Tanbour and Its Manufacturing Process
174
The Tanbours of Gahvare
177
Ostads Instruments
178
Elements of the Musical System
179
Rhythms
181
Some Specifics of the Tanbour and Ostad Elahis Playing Style
183
Ostads Technique
184
Other Instruments
186
An Inventory of the Pieces
187
The Organization of the Repertoire
193
A Guide to Comprehension
195
Critique of the Concept of Belief
197
Hagiology Not Hagiography
200
Glossary of Technical Terms
204
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