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Classical Music of Iran, Vol. 1: The Dastgah Systems CD

Classical Music of Iran, Vol. 1: The Dastgah Systems CD

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"This item is part of the Folkways archives.  The original liner notes from the LP are included."

The repertoire of melody patterns in traditional Persian art music is organized into systems or modes. The seven main systems are called dastgah, and the five secondary systems are avaz. Classical Music of Iran, Vol. 1: The Dastgah Systems presents examples of both. The music usually consists of a solo instrument or instrument plus voice, often singing verses from mystic Persian poets. Musicians improvise off a traditional melody and use a number of instruments, such as the tar (6-string lute), santour (hammered dulcimer), and kamancheh (stringed instrument similar to violin). Liner notes include an analysis of Persian music and track notes. Parts of this album, along with Classical Music of Iran, Vol. 2: The Dastgah Systems were reissued in 1991 as SFW40039.


101 Dastgah of Mahour Ahmad Ebadi 9:18
102 Avaz of Esfahan (Secondary Dastgah of Homayoun) Mohamad Heydari 7:33
103 Avaz of Afshari (Secondary Dastgah of Shour) Ashgar Bahari 3:10
201 Dastgah of Shour Khatereh Parvaneh 10:51
202 Dastgah of Chahrgah Houshang Zarif 4:42
203 Dastgah of Homayoun Hassan Kassayi 4:24
204 Drum Solo Hossein Tehrani 4:24


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