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fernandoamartin
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[*] posted on 1-17-2017 at 02:48 PM
Forming chords in maqam Hijaz


Hi. This is my new expriment.

Over The Green Hills (Hicaz Makamı - مقام الحجاز;)

This is a melody in maqam Hijaz with a modulation to Nishaburek for flute and harp, exploring the possibilities of forming chords based on the principles of the project Makam Music Beauty and Diversity.

It includes major, minor and also neutral chords. I don't know what you think about using chords under maqam melodies. I feel that we need much care when doing this. But sometimes the results are great! And coincidentally when roots are a 4th or 5th apart it sounds like a kind of functional harmony too.
May you hear and find out how does it feel. :)

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[*] posted on 1-17-2017 at 06:48 PM


Chords with Hijaz is more than a possibility. It has been a cultural reality for nearly 100 years in Greece, Albania, the former Yugoslavia, Rumania, and maybe Bulgaria.
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[*] posted on 1-18-2017 at 10:01 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Jody Stecher  
Chords with Hijaz is more than a possibility. It has been a cultural reality for nearly 100 years in Greece, Albania, the former Yugoslavia, Rumania, and maybe Bulgaria.


Very interesting point. I didn't know about it in other countries.
There's what some call piano hijaz that is playing hijaz using 12-tone ET. That way it's very easy to play chords. But some people prefer to play a rast jins in G when ascending in maqam hijaz. Then we have what wikipedia calls a neutral chord.
I played it this way: G (701.95 cents) B (1066.76 cets) D (203.91 cents in octave above). And.. I liked it! :D It sounded nice to me. :)

I'd like to know how do other listeners to arabic music feel about neutral chords.
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