Category Archives: Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan: Rural Folk Music

There is a lack of information on the rural folk music of Azerbaijan. I found only 2 compilations of field recordings (Women’s Love and Life Female Folklore from Azerbaijan PAN2008; and Azeri Folksongs At the Fountain-head of Music 2004) and … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan: The Ashiq Tradition

If it can be generalized that the text in mugham is stable while the music is improvised, the revers is true of the ashiq tradition. There is an essential narrative function to the ashiq which stems from the long standing … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Mugham

WHAT IS MUGHAM? Mugham is difficult to define. It is ensemble music; it is improvisation; it is a framework for improvisation; it is a  scale; a mode; a system of modes, of phrases, of musical development and composition; it is … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan: Introduction

Of all the other people in the Caucasus the traditional music of Azeris* seem to most easily be categorized into 3 definitive streams: classical mugham stemming from an Iranian urban influence; ashiqs, which shows direct connection to Turkic bardic tradition; … Continue reading

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