Maqam Nahawand

 Maqam Nahawand Pronunciation

 
Ajam on E
 
Nahawand on C  
Trichord
Hijaz on G
Tetrachord Tetrachord
G clef C D E flat F G A flat B C
1 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1 tone 1/2 tone 1 1/2 tone 1/2 tone

 
Ajam on E
 
Nahawand on C  
Trichord
Kurd on G
Tetrachord Tetrachord
G clef C D E flat F G A flat B flat C
1 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1 tone

 


Maqam Nahawand has two versions shown above. In general the first version (Nahawand-Hijaz) is used on the way up, and the second version (Nahawand-Kurd) is used on the way down. The secondary jins is the Ajam trichord on the 3rd note, often used in modulation.

When starting on lower G, this maqam is called maqam Sultani Yakah. Pronunciation

 

Hear this Maqam:

Violin   Maqam Nahawand on C
Violin   Maqam Sultani Yakah on G
Oud   Maqam Nahawand on C - form 1
Oud   Maqam Nahawand on C - form 2
Buzuq   Maqam Nahawand on C
Buzuq   Maqam Sultani Yakah on G

Recording Samples:

  Alf Leilah We Leilah
  Abdelwahab: Balad El-Mahboub
  Mohamed El-Qassabji: Dhikrayati
  Dawr Ahibb Ashoufak
  Muwashah Hati Isqiniha
  Samai Nahawand Masud Jamil
  Samai Nahawand Safar Ali
  Longa Nahawand Yorgo Effendi
  Longa Nahawand Kevser Hanim
  Doulab Nahawand (traditional)
  Doulab Nahawand (traditional)
  Doulab Aboul Ela Mohammad






 Maqam Farahfaza Pronunciation

 
Ajam on B
 
Nahawand on G  
Trichord
Kurd on D
Tetrachord Tetrachord
G clef G A B flat C D E flat F G

 

1 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1 tone

 


Maqam Farahfaza has the same tonal intervals as maqam Nahawand transposed on G. However its melodic development is different, and makes much use of the Ajam trichord on the third (B).
 

Hear this Maqam:

Violin   Maqam Farahfaza on G
Oud   Maqam Farahfaza on G
Buzuq   Maqam Farahfaza on G

Recording Samples:

  Bashraf Farahfaza Ismail Haqqi
  Samai Farahfaza Tanburi Jamil
  Longa Farahfaza Riyad Sunbati


 Maqam Nahawand Murassah (Sunbulah) Pronunciation

 
Hijaz on F
Tetrachord Tetrachord
G clef C D E flat F G flat A B flat C
1 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1/2 tone 1 1/2 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone

Maqam Nahawand Murassah should not be confused with form 1 of maqam Nahawand (Nahawand-Hijaz), since although they both have the same lower and upper ajnas, the starting point of the Hijaz tetrachord (which is also the dominant) is a different note.
 

Hear this Maqam:

Violin   Nahawand Murassah on C
Oud   Nahawand Murassah on C
Buzuq   Nahawand Murassah on C

Recording Samples:

  Samai Nahawand Masud Jamil


 Maqam Ushaq Masri Pronunciation

 
Ajam on G
 
  Busalik on D Trichord
Bayati on A
Tetrachord Tetrachord
G clef D E F G A B half-flat C D

 

1 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1 tone 3/4 tone 3/4 tone 1 tone

 


In the Busalik tetrachord, the tuning of the third note (F) is lower than the similar Nahawand tetrachord. The difference in tuning is about 1/9th of a tone (called koma in Turkish msuic).
 

Hear this Maqam:

Buzuq   Maqam Ushaq Masri on D

Recording Samples:

  Abdelwahab: Aheb Achoufak
  Simon Shaheen: Dawn oud taqsim

 




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