Iranian folk music

Iranian folk music

Despite all common roots the folk music in each different part of Iran has certain characteristics in correlation with its native myths, dialects, geographical and social situation and does not enjoy the unity of style. [ [ Sima Bina Online ] ]


Many composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries used the folk music of their native countries as a source of inspiration for their compositions. For some composers, such as Stravinsky, this was a short-lived infatuation soon to be followed by neoclassicism, or, for others, one of several different forms of modernism. Among the major European composers, Bela Bartok, Manuel de Falla, and Zoltan Kodaly remained significantly committed to using folk music as primary sources for their works. Similar issues can be seen in the history of Iranian folk music.

The modal concepts in Iranian folk music are directly linked with that of the Iranian classical music. However, improvisation plays a minor role as folk tunes are characterized by relatively clear-cut melodic and rhythmic properties. The function of each folk melody determines its mood. The varying aesthetic requirements of wedding songs, lullabies, love songs, harvest songs, dance pieces, etc., are met with transparent and appropriate simplicity. The majority of the classical instruments are too elaborate and difficult for the folk musicians. Instead, there are literally dozens of musical instruments of various sorts found among the rural people. In fact, each region of the country can boast instruments peculiar to itself. Three types of instruments, however, are common to all parts of the country. They are, a kind of shawm called Surnay (or Sorna ~ Zorna), the various types of Ney (flute), and the Dohol, a doubleheader drum. A discussion of Persian music must necessarily include the new hybrid of mixed Persian-Western music which is functioning as a popular-commercial music. The use of western popular rhythms, an elementary harmonic superimposition, and relatively large ensembles composed of mostly western instruments, characterize this music. The melodic and modal aspects of these compositions maintain basically Persian elements. On the whole, it would be something of an understatement to say that the artistic merit of such a melange as this is rather questionable. (Prof. Farhat-musicologist

Iran is home to several ethnic groups, including Kurdish, Azerbaijanis, Bakhtiari and Baluchi peoples. Turkmen epic poets similar to Central Asian musicians are common in Khorasan, while Kurdish music is known for its double-reed duduk and an earthy, dance-oriented sound. The most famous personalities in Iranian folk music are Pari Zangeneh and Sima Bina.

Sima Bina is one of the most renowned traditional Persian singers. As a true anthropologist of Khorassan music, she has been compiling for years a traditional repertoire from this province. Singing in Persian, but also in Turkish and Kurdish, she perpetuates a tradition of folk music which praises nature and love, and which evokes nostalgia and the changing times. []

Bahman Alaoddin also known as Masoud Bakhtiari (b. 1940, d. 2006) was a renowned Iranian musician, vocalist and songwriter and perhaps the most notable figure in Bakhtiari music. A prolific musician, he made some 50 music albums and numerous memorable songs. [ [ ISNA - 11-03-2006 - 85/8/12 - سرويس: / فرهنگ و هنر - موسيقي / شماره خبر: 817711 ] ] [ [ رادیو زمانه | آهنگ زمانه | ویژه برنامه ها | خواننده محلی بختیاری از دنیا رفت ] ]

Persian folk music

*Music of Khorasan
*Music of Mazandaran

Music of Sistan and Baluchistan

* In 2007, Mulla Kamal Khan was awarded one of the most prestigious Iranian music awards for his contribution to the regional music of Sistan and Baluchistan province of Iran. [ [ tehran times : Shajarian laments neglect of Iranian regional music ] ]

Kurdish music

The forms of music found in various parts of Kurdistan, all known as Kurdish music, vary depending on the climate and geography of the regions as well as their contact with the neighboring cultures. For example, the melodies found among the people living in the mountains are different from those found among the people living in the meadows. However, the poetry and the rhythms are common to both areas.

Kamkars group is perhaps the most prominent group that performs Kurdish folk music as well as Iranian classical music.

Music of Khuzestan

* Magham Music
* called "tor" and every "tor" may have its own accent and poems.

Music of Azarbaijan ( Azarbadegan, Iran)

This is the music of provinces of Zanjan, East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan and Ardabil in Iran. Azerbaijan like other parts of Iran has a distinct music. On February 21, 1828, under the Treaty of Turkmenchay, Russia seized the control of about part of Azerbaijan which is now Republic of Azerbaijan where they share very similar music as Azarbijanis in Iran. The number of Azerbaijnies in Iran is about three times larger than population of Republic of Azerbaijan.


Iranian folk music in Iranian cultural continent

* Music of Afghanistan
* Music of Tajikistan
* Music of Azerbaijan

Notable figures

* Pari Zangeneh
* Sima Bina
* Kamkars group
* Bahman Alaoddin
* Ali Salimi
* La'l Bakhsh Beik [ [ ] ] (لعل بخش بيک)
* Noor Mohammad Dorpour (نورمحمد درپور)
* Gholam ALi Ney-navaz ( غلامعلی نی نواز)
* Shir Mohammad Espandar ( شير محمد اسپندار )
* Ali Mohammad Balouch (علی محمد بلوچ)
* Masha'llah Bameri ( ماشاءالله بامری )
* Reza Vali
* Shah Niaz Musiev (Uzbekistan)
* Mitra Rahbar
* Monika Jalili
* Ziba Shirazi
* Zohreh Jooya
* Minoo Javan
* Hossein Farjami
* Zoya Sabet

Iranian folk music in Fusion

* Imaginary Day album by Pat Metheny Group

See also

* Music of Iran
* Folk music
* Afsaneh Ballet


External links

* [ Iranian Folklore Songs in Cyrillic ]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Folk music — Folk song redirects here. For other uses, see Folk song (disambiguation). Folk music Béla Bartók recording Slovak peasant singers in 1908 Traditions List of folk music traditions …   Wikipedia

  • Folk music of England — Pentangle performing in 2007 Folk music of England refers to various types of traditionally based music, often contrasted with courtly, classical and later commercial music, for which evidence exists from the later medieval period. It has been… …   Wikipedia

  • Greek folk music — Music of Greece General topics Ancient • Byzantine • Néo kýma • Polyphonic song Genres Entehno • Dimotika • Hip hop • Laïko • …   Wikipedia

  • Hungarian folk music — Music of Hungary: Topics verbunkos táncház csárdás nóta History: (Samples) Genres Classical Folk Hardcore …   Wikipedia

  • Cuban folk music — Main article: Music of Cuba Cuban folk music is very diverse and has been influenced by Spanish people, slaves from Africa and the remaining indigenous population of the Caribbean. Contents 1 Classification of genres 2 Instruments 3 Private clubs …   Wikipedia

  • List of Middle Eastern and North African folk music traditions — This is a list of folk music traditions, with styles, dances, instruments and other related topics. The term folk music can not be easily defined in a precise manner; it is used with widely varying definitions depending on the author, intended… …   Wikipedia

  • North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance — The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance is a non profit organization that sponsors an annual conference that is an industry focal point for folk music and dance. As of 2006, the Alliance had a membership of approximately 2000, and a… …   Wikipedia

  • Music of Iran — A historical painting from Hasht Behesht palace, Isfahan, Iran, from 1669. General topics Dastgah • Radif • …   Wikipedia

  • Iranian women — (or Persian women) in this article refers to women of, or from, traditional Persian or modern Iranian culture. [As defined and discussed by literature such as: * Persian Women Their Ways Clara Colliver Rice. 1923. Seeley, Service Co. * Voices… …   Wikipedia

  • Iranian women and Persian music — Persian music owes partly its maturity to the significant efforts made by accomplished female musicians, instrumentalists and vocalists throughout the history. Persian women musicians in Ancient Iran Pictures of women playing musical instruments… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.