Song from the Land of Fire: Azerbaijanian Mugam in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periods

1st Edition

Inna Naroditskaya

Routledge
Published April 23, 2015
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9781138878372 - CAT# Y179704

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Summary

Song from the Land of Fire explores Azerbaijanian musical culture, a subject previously unexamined by American and European scholars. This book contains notations of mugham performance--a fusion of traditional poetry and musical improvisation--and analysis of hybrid genres, such as mugham-operas and symphonic mugham by native composers. Intimately connected to the awakening of Azerbaijanian national consciousness while ruled by the Russian Empire and the USSR, mugham is inseparable from the contexts in which it is produced and heard. Inna Naroditskaya provides the historical and political contexts for mugham and profiles the musicians, musical genealogies, and musical institutions of Azerbaijan.

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