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CLASSICAL MUSIC OF IRAN:
The Dastgah Systems

One in the Smithsonian Folkways series

Artist: Various

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.

Ten of the twelve model melodic patterns (dastgahs) are represented here, in a variety of instrumental and vocal performances.

With every purchase comes documentation that explains not just the sounds but their circumstances -- their who, what, when and why.

Many of the CDs are not accompanied by the originial album cover as some of them are produced only one or two copies at a time and the covers are not as readily reproducible.

$22.00 (1 CD)
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