Chahar Mezrab in Mahour (Excerpt)
Origin – Iran
Recorded by – Bruno Nettl, 1969
Instrumental artist - Faromarz Payvar.
Santoor – A wooden instrument with strings attached
stretched out from one side to the other with pegs and
tuning nobs. Rather than the strings being plucked, the
instrumentalist will hit the strings with small curved
sticks (like hammers) to produce the music.
- “Chahar Mezrab” means “four picks” or “four
hammers”. This is possibly because it is so fast
that it sounds as if there are four hands taking
part in the instrument.
- The Chahar Mezrab is a virtuosic composed,
metric solo piece of Persian classical music.
Chanting Of The Holy Qur’an
Qur’an – Holy book of Islam
- When musical pieces are inclusive of the reading
of the Qur’an they are always recited. This
allows the text to be the most important element
of the piece and enables the audience to focus on
- The piece is performed without instruments and
uses many breaks in order to highlight each
Illustrations Of Major Maqams
Performed by A. Jihad Racy on Bouzouq and Nei.
Bouzouq, heard until 4:00 - A long neck, tear-shaped body,
stringed instrument that is plucked much like a guitar.
Nei – A long wooden instrument played much like a flute or
recorder that has many holes along the side and is played
with one’s breath.
- A Maqam is a unit that has a particular scale. In
this specific piece the music is separated into
multiple “Maqams” That are played for 2-3
- Each Maqam has it’s own specific name and rules