Azerbaijan mugham music

February 19, 2010

Susan brought to my attention a recent BBC article letting us know about a resurgence in interest in mugham music from Azerbaijan. After listening to a fair amount of it on YouTube — What a wonderful world we live in! — I found this performance. It’s a very different musical language from the one we know in the US, but holy moly, what amazing music.

I love the overall melodic trajectory of the piece in terms of range; I love the seriousness on their faces; I love the completely different take on what is considered a “vocal range.”

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citrus February 19, 2010 at 7:45 am

Might get you going. Don’t do a thing for grandpa.

Leonid February 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm

And here’s a piece from Russia’s Tuva Region, also exotic stuff (not for us here in Russia though – we sing like that every day . . . just kidding):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY1pcEtHI_w

The ostinato feel of the piece almost makes you think of Purcell’s Dido’s Lament, although it is, to be sure, a little remote musically.

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