Persian Music

Persian Music

Persian Art Music, Dastgah, Radif

Aqa Bashi (TonbaK) - Qolam Hosseyn Xan (Persian Tar) - Musa Kalimi (Kamanche) - Mohammad Sadeq Xan (Santur)

 

Persian Music - Dastgâh System

Persian music works according to a unique system. There are two essential terms ,"Dastgâh" and "Radif", which you need to understand Persian music. The Persian music that we are going to talk about can be called Persian art music, Persian classical music, Persian traditional music, Persian authentic music or Persian court music, but I prefer to use the term Persian (Iranian) Dastgah music - a music which works according to the Dastgah system. Dastgah in Persian means in general "System", but when you are talking about Persian music, Dastgah is a musical system, and a unique one, that exists in Persian music, also in Azerbaijani classical music. You can consider the term Dastgah from two points of view, first a Dastgah as a musical system and second a Dastgah as a set of melodies, which have been ordered according to a special traditional rule. Radif is a collection of one version of each Dastgah or the central repertory of Persian art music. The smaller Dastgahs are called generally with Avaz or sometimes with Bayat, for example Bayat e Esfahan or Avaz e Esfahan and the Dastgahs with more pieces are named Dastgah, for example Dastgah e Homayun.

 

The Instrumental Persian Music Repertoire


Radif

Persian Music Instrumental Repertoire

 

Persian Music Principal Repertoire for Persian Tar

Here I am going to present the Mirza Hosseyn Qoli's intrepretation of the classical Persian music repertoire, which has been developed mainly for Persian Tar, but it can be used for another instruments and can be an inpiration for vocalists as well, cause you have a great sample of Persian music repertoire and can feel how a Dastgah system works. There are more other repertoires that are geat as well, but my aim here was to introduce the intrepretation of a virtuoso of his era, who had also a great sense of aesthetics for Persian music, besides that this version has been played by his son, Ali Acbar Xan Shahnazi, with his own intrepretation added to this great music collection - Two times sanded and polished with a deep sense of musical aesthetics of two legendary musicians. In my opinion this version is the greatest one for Persian Tar. Here you will see the smaller ones (Avazes) first and then come the bigger ones (Dastgahs). In the picture above you can see Mirza Hosseyn Qoli and his son Ali Acbar Xan Shahnazi. I see this repertoire as important as "Shâhnâme - The BooK Of Kings" by the Persian poet "Ferdōsi" in Persian culture.

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Avaz Abuata

Abuata Nr.01Abuata Nr.02Abuata Nr.03Abuata Nr.04Abuata Nr.05Abuata Nr.06Abuata Nr.07Abuata Nr.08Abuata Nr.09Abuata Nr.10Abuata Nr.11Abuata Nr.12Abuata Nr.13Abuata Nr.14Abuata Nr.15

Avaz Afshari

Afshari Nr.01Afshari Nr.02Afshari Nr.03Afshari Nr.04Afshari Nr.05Afshari Nr.06Afshari Nr.07Afshari Nr.08Afshari Nr.09Afshari Nr.10Afshari Nr.11Afshari Nr.12Afshari Nr.13

Avaz Dashti

Dashti Nr.01Dashti Nr.02Dashti Nr.03Dashti Nr.04Dashti Nr.05Dashti Nr.06Dashti Nr.07Dashti Nr.08

Avaz Esfahan

Esfahan Nr.01Esfahan Nr.02Esfahan Nr.03Esfahan Nr.04Esfahan Nr.05Esfahan Nr.06Esfahan Nr.07Esfahan Nr.08Esfahan Nr.09Esfahan Nr.10Esfahan Nr.11Esfahan Nr.12Esfahan Nr.13

Avaz Kord

Kord Nr.01Kord Nr.02Kord Nr.03Kord Nr.04Kord Nr.05Kord Nr.06Kord Nr.07Kord Nr.08

Avaz Torc

Torc Nr.01Torc Nr.02Torc Nr.03Torc Nr.04Torc Nr.05Torc Nr.06Torc Nr.07Torc Nr.08Torc Nr.09Torc Nr.10Torc Nr.11Torc Nr.12Torc Nr.13

Dastgah Chahargah

Chahargah Nr.01Chahargah Nr.02Chahargah Nr.03Chahargah Nr.04Chahargah Nr.05Chahargah Nr.06Chahargah Nr.07Chahargah Nr.08Chahargah Nr.09Chahargah Nr.10Chahargah Nr.11Chahargah Nr.12Chahargah Nr.13Chahargah Nr.14Chahargah Nr.15Chahargah Nr.16Chahargah Nr.17Chahargah Nr.18Chahargah Nr.19Chahargah Nr.20Chahargah Nr.21Chahargah Nr.22Chahargah Nr.23Chahargah Nr.24Chahargah Nr.25Chahargah Nr.26Chahargah Nr.27

Dastgah Homayun

Homayun Nr.01Homayun Nr.02Homayun Nr.03Homayun Nr.04Homayun Nr.05Homayun Nr.06Homayun Nr.07Homayun Nr.08Homayun Nr.09Homayun Nr.10Homayun Nr.11Homayun Nr.12Homayun Nr.13Homayun Nr.14Homayun Nr.15Homayun Nr.16Homayun Nr.17Homayun Nr.18Homayun Nr.19Homayun Nr.20Homayun Nr.21Homayun Nr.22Homayun Nr.23Homayun Nr.24Homayun Nr.25Homayun Nr.26Homayun Nr.27Homayun Nr.28Homayun Nr.29Homayun Nr.30Homayun Nr.31Homayun Nr.32

Dastgah Mahur

Mahur Nr.01Mahur Nr.02Mahur Nr.03Mahur Nr.04Mahur Nr.05Mahur Nr.06Mahur Nr.07Mahur Nr.08Mahur Nr.09Mahur Nr.10Mahur Nr.11Mahur Nr.12Mahur Nr.13Mahur Nr.14Mahur Nr.15Mahur Nr.16Mahur Nr.17Mahur Nr.18Mahur Nr.19Mahur Nr.20Mahur Nr.21Mahur Nr.22Mahur Nr.23Mahur Nr.24Mahur Nr.25Mahur Nr.26Mahur Nr.27Mahur Nr.28Mahur Nr.29Mahur Nr.30Mahur Nr.31Mahur Nr.32Mahur Nr.33Mahur Nr.34Mahur Nr.35Mahur Nr.36Mahur Nr.37Mahur Nr.38Mahur Nr.39Mahur Nr.40Mahur Nr.41

Dastgah Nava

Nava Nr.01Nava Nr.02Nava Nr.03Nava Nr.04Nava Nr.05Nava Nr.06Nava Nr.07Nava Nr.08Nava Nr.09Nava Nr.10Nava Nr.11Nava Nr.12Nava Nr.13Nava Nr.14Nava Nr.15Nava Nr.16Nava Nr.17Nava Nr.18Nava Nr.19Nava Nr.20Nava Nr.21Nava Nr.22Nava Nr.23

Dastgah Rast

Rast Nr.01Rast Nr.02Rast Nr.03Rast Nr.04Rast Nr.05Rast Nr.06Rast Nr.07Rast Nr.08Rast Nr.09Rast Nr.10Rast Nr.11Rast Nr.12Rast Nr.13Rast Nr.14Rast Nr.15Rast Nr.16Rast Nr.17Rast Nr.18Rast Nr.19Rast Nr.20Rast Nr.21Rast Nr.22Rast Nr.23Rast Nr.24Rast Nr.25Rast Nr.26Rast Nr.27Rast Nr.28Rast Nr.29Rast Nr.30Rast Nr.31Rast Nr.32Rast Nr.33Rast Nr.34Rast Nr.35Rast Nr.36

Dastgah Segah

Segah Nr.01Segah Nr.02Segah Nr.03Segah Nr.04Segah Nr.05Segah Nr.06Segah Nr.07Segah Nr.08Segah Nr.09Segah Nr.10Segah Nr.11Segah Nr.12Segah Nr.13Segah Nr.14Segah Nr.15Segah Nr.16Segah Nr.17Segah Nr.18Segah Nr.19Segah Nr.20Segah Nr.21Segah Nr.22Segah Nr.23

Dastgah Shur

Shur Nr.01Shur Nr.02Shur Nr.03Shur Nr.04Shur Nr.05Shur Nr.06Shur Nr.07Shur Nr.08Shur Nr.09Shur Nr.10Shur Nr.11Shur Nr.12Shur Nr.13Shur Nr.14Shur Nr.15Shur Nr.16Shur Nr.17Shur Nr.18Shur Nr.19Shur Nr.20Shur Nr.21Shur Nr.22Shur Nr.23Shur Nr.24Shur Nr.25Shur Nr.26Shur Nr.27Shur Nr.28Shur Nr.29Shur Nr.30

 


The Transcription of Radif

Persian Music Principal Repertoire for Persian Tar

 

Persian Music Instrumental Repertoire

Mirza Abdollah - Mirza Hosseyn Qoli - Ali Akbar Shahnazi (Child)

 

In this part I am going to share a transcription of Mirza Hosseyn Qoli's repertoire for Persian Tar. It is obvious that the source of transcription is the recording, which has been played by Ali Acbar Xan Shahnazi, though sometimes you can see and hear some differences between the recording and the transcription. This transcription is Reza Vohdani's effort for making a musical image of this Persian music treasure. There are some other transcriptions, but here I like to name only the one which belongs to Farhad Arjangi, cause when you compare these two transcriptions, you will see and feel some changes in this repertoire according to the musical taste of Ali Acbar Xan Shahnazi in the time interval of Farhad Arjangi's transcription and the recording of the repertoire. We know that at the time that Farhad Arjangi transcribed the repertoire, there was no recording, so his source was only what he learned and heard from his master Ali Acbar Xan Shahnazi. Reza Vohdani was Ali Acbar Xan's pupil as well, I have scanned and edited his transcription in order to appreciate his great work which has been done with high level of accuracy. Scanning and editing the pieces of this repertoire took me a long time and I had to be really patient, so I hope that this transcription can be of help to the researchers and musicians, who want to have a deeper feeling and understanding of the pricipal repertoire of Persian authentic music.

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Avaz Abuata

Abuata Nr.01Abuata Nr.02Abuata Nr.03Abuata Nr.04Abuata Nr.05Abuata Nr.06Abuata Nr.07Abuata Nr.08Abuata Nr.09Abuata Nr.10Abuata Nr.11Abuata Nr.12Abuata Nr.13Abuata Nr.14Abuata Nr.15Abuata Nr.16Abuata Nr.17Abuata Nr.18Abuata Nr.19

Avaz Afshari

Afshari Nr.01Afshari Nr.02Afshari Nr.03Afshari Nr.04Afshari Nr.05Afshari Nr.06Afshari Nr.07Afshari Nr.08Afshari Nr.09Afshari Nr.10Afshari Nr.11Afshari Nr.12Afshari Nr.13Afshari Nr.14Afshari Nr.15Afshari Nr.16

Avaz Dashti

Dashti Nr.01Dashti Nr.02Dashti Nr.03Dashti Nr.04Dashti Nr.05Dashti Nr.06Dashti Nr.07Dashti Nr.08Dashti Nr.09Dashti Nr.10Dashti Nr.11

Avaz Esfahan

Esfahan Nr.01Esfahan Nr.02Esfahan Nr.03Esfahan Nr.04Esfahan Nr.05Esfahan Nr.06Esfahan Nr.07Esfahan Nr.08Esfahan Nr.09Esfahan Nr.10Esfahan Nr.11Esfahan Nr.12Esfahan Nr.13Esfahan Nr.14Esfahan Nr.15

Avaz Kord

Kord Nr.01Kord Nr.02Kord Nr.03Kord Nr.04Kord Nr.05Kord Nr.06Kord Nr.07Kord Nr.08Kord Nr.09

Avaz Torc

Torc Nr.01Torc Nr.02Torc Nr.03Torc Nr.04Torc Nr.05Torc Nr.06Torc Nr.07Torc Nr.08Torc Nr.09Torc Nr.10Torc Nr.11Torc Nr.12

Dastgah Chahargah

Chahargah Nr.01Chahargah Nr.02Chahargah Nr.03Chahargah Nr.04Chahargah Nr.05Chahargah Nr.06Chahargah Nr.07Chahargah Nr.08Chahargah Nr.09Chahargah Nr.10Chahargah Nr.11Chahargah Nr.12Chahargah Nr.13Chahargah Nr.14Chahargah Nr.15Chahargah Nr.16Chahargah Nr.17Chahargah Nr.18Chahargah Nr.19Chahargah Nr.20Chahargah Nr.21Chahargah Nr.22Chahargah Nr.23Chahargah Nr.24Chahargah Nr.25Chahargah Nr.26

Dastgah Homayun

Homayun Nr.01Homayun Nr.02Homayun Nr.03Homayun Nr.04Homayun Nr.05Homayun Nr.06Homayun Nr.07Homayun Nr.08Homayun Nr.09Homayun Nr.10Homayun Nr.11Homayun Nr.12Homayun Nr.13Homayun Nr.14Homayun Nr.15Homayun Nr.16Homayun Nr.17Homayun Nr.18Homayun Nr.19Homayun Nr.20Homayun Nr.21Homayun Nr.22Homayun Nr.23Homayun Nr.24Homayun Nr.25Homayun Nr.26

Dastgah Mahur

Mahur Nr.01Mahur Nr.02Mahur Nr.03Mahur Nr.04Mahur Nr.05Mahur Nr.06Mahur Nr.07Mahur Nr.08Mahur Nr.09Mahur Nr.10Mahur Nr.11Mahur Nr.12Mahur Nr.13Mahur Nr.14Mahur Nr.15Mahur Nr.16Mahur Nr.17Mahur Nr.18Mahur Nr.19Mahur Nr.20Mahur Nr.21Mahur Nr.22Mahur Nr.23Mahur Nr.24Mahur Nr.25Mahur Nr.26Mahur Nr.27Mahur Nr.28Mahur Nr.29Mahur Nr.30Mahur Nr.31

Dastgah Nava

Nava Nr.01Nava Nr.02Nava Nr.03Nava Nr.04Nava Nr.05Nava Nr.06Nava Nr.07Nava Nr.08Nava Nr.09Nava Nr.10Nava Nr.11Nava Nr.12Nava Nr.13Nava Nr.14Nava Nr.15Nava Nr.16Nava Nr.17Nava Nr.18Nava Nr.19Nava Nr.20Nava Nr.21Nava Nr.22Nava Nr.23

Dastgah Rast

Rast Nr.01Rast Nr.02Rast Nr.03Rast Nr.04Rast Nr.05Rast Nr.06Rast Nr.07Rast Nr.08Rast Nr.09Rast Nr.10Rast Nr.11Rast Nr.12Rast Nr.13Rast Nr.14Rast Nr.15Rast Nr.16Rast Nr.17Rast Nr.18Rast Nr.19Rast Nr.20Rast Nr.21Rast Nr.22Rast Nr.23Rast Nr.24Rast Nr.25Rast Nr.26Rast Nr.27Rast Nr.28Rast Nr.29

Dastgah Segah

Segah Nr.01Segah Nr.02Segah Nr.03Segah Nr.04Segah Nr.05Segah Nr.06Segah Nr.07Segah Nr.08Segah Nr.09Segah Nr.10Segah Nr.11Segah Nr.12Segah Nr.13Segah Nr.14Segah Nr.15Segah Nr.16Segah Nr.17Segah Nr.18Segah Nr.19Segah Nr.20Segah Nr.21Segah Nr.22

Dastgah Shur

Shur Nr.01Shur Nr.02Shur Nr.03Shur Nr.04Shur Nr.05Shur Nr.06Shur Nr.07Shur Nr.08Shur Nr.09Shur Nr.10Shur Nr.11Shur Nr.12Shur Nr.13Shur Nr.14Shur Nr.15Shur Nr.16Shur Nr.17Shur Nr.18Shur Nr.19Shur Nr.20Shur Nr.21Shur Nr.22Shur Nr.23Shur Nr.24Shur Nr.25Shur Nr.26Shur Nr.27

 

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