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[*] posted on 9-20-2016 at 05:05 PM
Name of this Persian melody?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLms-Rgzy94

I love this piece of music! Fantastic tar playing, but wish the oud were louder!
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[*] posted on 9-20-2016 at 11:46 PM


I think it's one of Mohammad Reza Lotfi's chaharmezrab in abu-ata. Maybe someone knows better.



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[*] posted on 9-21-2016 at 05:04 PM


Yes, I have a recording of Hossein Alizādeh playing it as well and it is simply titled "Chaharmezrab". I was hoping it had a name of some kind. Thanks Navid!
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[*] posted on 9-28-2016 at 11:07 AM


Traditional Persian music is improvisational and is not titled except for the mode (dastgah) and rhythm. Charmizraab merely means 4 beats, but can be other rhythmic patterns, so it just means a rhythmic improvisation. The dastgah is abu-ata and the melody is up to the performing musician to create. Certainly everyone models their improvisation on everything they have heard, but each musician is expected to create his/her own interpretation. Similarities will certainly be found in other performances in the same dastgah, and it's up to the performing musician to create their own interpretation, but after 5,000 years of music tradition there will certainly be similar creations. The important thing is the emotional expression, not so much original notation. The music is so old that no one can claim to be the original composer, indeed each performance is meant to be an original composition.



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[*] posted on 10-3-2016 at 03:26 AM


Of course it's not an old and traditional composition. Old chaharmezrab are very short and very simple;
I don't know the composer but it seems to be in the style of Lotfi's as suggested Navid. Alizadeh was a student of Lotfi so it also makes sense for him to play it.

Chaharmezrab means "four mezrab" so it's basically related to tar or santur playing.
Most of chaharmezrab are played in 6/8.
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[*] posted on 9-2-2018 at 04:00 PM


This one is good performance of the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Zn3_mriXM
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