Abdolqader Maraghi (1360? – 1435) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Mohsen Hajarian   
Friday, 03 June 2011 05:04

Abdolqader-e Maragheh-ey

His Life and his Theory of Intervalization of a Monochord and Organology

By Dr. Mohsen Hajarian

 Abdolqader ibn Ghaibi al-Hafiz al- Maraghi (d. 1434) was the last great theorist-composer of the pre-modern era in the history of Iranian music. He was the author of Maqased al-Alhan, Djami' al-Alhan and Sharh-I- Adwar as well as other books and treatises like Kanz al-Alhan, a treatise on Chinese instruments or Chinese Music. The translations of Adwar into Turkish that have survived are also attributed to him. His music flourished in the Ottoman empire for more than five centuries. We know little about his childhood.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 16:47
Adapting Easily Available Middle Eastern Stringed Instruments To Play The Iranian Radif PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Brown   
Friday, 26 December 2008 02:06

Adapting Easily Available Middle Eastern Stringed Instruments To Play The Iranian Radif

by David Brown

Dotar / Dutar / Dutor PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 December 2008 01:24

The Dotar, Dutar or Dutor (literally meaning "two strings" in persian), comes from a family of long-necked lutes, closely related to Setar and Tanbur, and could be found throughout Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, the Middle East and as far as in Eastern Turkistan or Xinjiang, China. In the today Republic of Turkmenistan, the Dutar is considered as a national instrument and is the instrument par excellence of the Bakhshis.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 21:43
Ancient Sound of Anatolia: the Baglama PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ulas Ozdemir   
Friday, 26 December 2008 01:18

If a single instrument were to represent Turkish folk music it would have to be the baglama. There is no region, no village in Anatolia which is not familiar with this string instrument. It is descended from the kopuz, which is frequently mentioned in the sagas of Dede Korkut dating from around the 8th century. The kopuz, a generic name for several forms of string instrument, was being used by the Turkish tribes of Central Asia about two thousand years ago, and was brought to Anatolia by Turkish strolling minstrels from the 10th century onwards. The Shamanist Turks of Central Asia regarded the kopuz as sacred, and it was even said that the warrior with a kopuz at his waist was protected from injury at enemy hands in battle.

The kopuz differs from the baglama in having a leather covered body, a fingerboard without frets, and two or three strings made either of horsehair, or of sheep or wolf gut. It is played by beating with the fingers, rather than being plucked with a plectrum.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 October 2009 04:33

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