PERSIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC

WRITTEN BY
Kory Grow

Classical music in Iran became formalized during the Abbasid dynasty (750 – 1258 A.D.), but due to Islamic suppression, it didn't reach too many beyond royals and the wealthy until the 1900s. The music itself revolves around memorizing and mastering a series of melodic passages, and is played on lutes, flutes and the dulcimer-like santur, often accompanied by improvised free singing.

Avey Tare: I've been getting into a lot of Persian classical music lately. Like santur music or some more Sufi singing stuff. I think a lot of that's got me a little bit more interested in more of the documented side of music, or notated — certain notes are used for a specific reason. I guess for that type of music it seems very religious or spiritual. And I'm not specifically getting into it for spiritual purposes but I think it's just interesting to think about music that has all this deeper meaning to it, in a numbers way, or letters, symbols.

Play

Back to the Centipedia glossary

NEXT: Pink Floyd — The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Wallwork & RZR — Mad Techno Invasion " 03:35
  • 2 Wertheimer — Future - Move that Dope (Remix) " 04:30
  • 3 Slaptop — Sunrise " 03:35
  • 4 Cassie Ramone — Hangin On " 02:54
  • 5 Rome Fortune — Lights Low (prod. by Four Tet) " 03:29
  • 6 The Green Seed — Gotchoo " 04:13
  • 7 Tweedy — Wait For Love " 03:07

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA