Tag Archives: Mugham

Transcaucasian Urban Folk Songs

For more information on the subject see Kavtaradze and Buchukuri (2012); Tsitsishvili (2007) Transcaucasian urban folk songs are often labelled “Old Tbilisi Songs” because, until Baku took over with the oil boom of the 1880s, Tbilisi was the cosmopolitan and economic … 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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