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A PRELIMINARY STUDY OF HARMONIZATION IN MAQAM MUSIC
A PRELIMINARY STUDY OF HARMONIZATION IN MAQAM MUSIC

Author(s): Amer Didi
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, Sociology of Art
Published by: Издателство НМА „Проф. Панчо Владигеров”
Keywords: Polyphony; modal harmony; ethos; doctrine of Affect; influence of modes; maqam; modal system; microtonality; temperament; scale;

Summary/Abstract: This brief study offers a cursory examination of the purely technical and theoretical aspects of a potential harmony stricto sensu, rather than an exhaustive study of the mainly twentieth-centuryefforts to elaborate a harmonic texture that might be calledMaqamal Harmony. This initial survey of the triads in the maqam, lacks any prejudicetowards‘conservatism or modernism’, or bias regarding the results found here. It is a cautious examination of what has so far been for some a taboo, for others a ‘magic potion’ to ‘evolve’ maqam music. Of the potential triads in three-quarter-tone scales, only one chord has a neutral perfect sonority, while the remaining six chords possess a degree of dissonance that renders their sonority peculiar.

  • Issue Year: 6/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 1-19
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English