publication . Thesis

The modal system of Arabian and Persian music, 1250-1300: An interpretation of contemporary texts.

Wright, Owen;
Open Access English
  • Publisher: SOAS University of London
  • Country: United Kingdom
The period 1250-1300 witnessed the emergence of a corpus of musical theory which was to provide a framework for most of the important treatises composed during the following centuries. One aspect of the theory is examined here: the analysis of scale (intervals and combinations of intervals); and on the basis of this examination an attempt is made to present a coherent picture of one aspect of musical practice: the modal system. The introduction discusses the relationship between Arabian and Persian music, and describes briefly the attitudes towards music prevalent in Islamic society and their effect upon the literature. Part 1 presents a critique of the preconce...
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