The Repertoire of Iraqi Maqam

The Repertoire of Iraqi Maqam

by Rob Simms


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The Repertoire of Iraqi Maqam by Rob Simms

The classical music of Iraq, known as Iraqi Maqam, features classical and vernacular poetry sung by a virtuoso soloist and accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. It is a remarkably cosmopolitan art, sharing many features with neighboring classical traditions, particularly Iranian. Its repertoire consists of orally transmitted, multi-sectioned compositions, performed with some flexibility regarding ornamentation, arrangement and development. Focusing on the period between 1930-1980, this reference offers the first comprehensive view of the musical contents of the repertoire—scalar structure, melodic materials and overall form—through various tables and musical transcriptions. This reference consolidates information from prominent Iraqi sources and draws upon a selection of recordings by master musicians, including Rashid Qundarchi and Yusuf Omar. An introductory section provides a brief overview of pan-Middle Eastern modal theory along with an outline of the terminology, theory and practices specific to Iraqi Maqam. The main section of the work is a catalog of 40 maqams that constitute the central core of the contemporary repertoire. The Repertoire of Iraqi Maqam aims to foster a better musical understanding of a relatively little known tradition, promote further research, and enhance appreciative listening to this inspiring facet of Iraqi culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810847583
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/23/2003
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.78(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Rob Simms subsisted on arts council grants and works as a freelance musician while completing his studies in music at the University of Manitoba, York University, and the University of Toronto. His research interests focus on the performer's perspective and creative processes in West Asian and West African musical traditions. He plays several instruments (including the setar, ney and kora) and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at York University in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Alphabetical Listing of Maqam Anthology Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Maqam in General and Iraqi Maqam in Particular Chapter 4 An Anthology of Iraqi Maqam Chapter 5 1 The Rast Family Chapter 6 2 The Beyat Family Chapter 7 3 The Husseini Family Chapter 8 4 The Hijaz Family Chapter 9 5 The Saba Family Chapter 10 6 The Segah Family Chapter 11 7 The Nawa Family Chapter 12 8 The Ajam/Jahargah Family Chapter 13 9 Miscellaneous Maqams Chapter 14 Glossary Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Discography Chapter 17 General Index Chapter 18 Index of Modes Chapter 19 About the Author

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