Music of Azerbaijan: From Mugham to Opera - Ethnomusicology Multimedia (Paperback)Aida Huseynova (author)
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This book traces the development of Azerbaijani art music from its origins in the Eastern, modal, improvisational tradition known as mugham through its fusion with Western classical, jazz, and world art music. Aida Huseynova places the fascinating and little-known history of music in Azerbaijan against the vivid backdrop of cultural life under Soviet influence, which paradoxically both encouraged and repressed the evolution of national musics and post-Soviet independence. Inspired by their neighbors to the East and West, Azerbaijani musicians enjoyed a period of remarkable creativity, composing and performing the first opera and the first ballet in the Muslim East, establishing the region's first Opera and Ballet Theater and Conservatory of Music, and discovering ways to merge the modal lyricism of mugham with the rhythmic dynamics of jazz. Drawing on previously unstudied archives, letters, and documents as well as her experience as an Azerbaijani musician and educator, Huseynova shows how Azerbaijani musical development was not a product of Soviet cultural policies but rather grew from and reflected deep and complex cultural processes.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 29 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
Aida Huseynova's book Music of Azerbaijan: From Mugham to Opera offers a rare resource for the exploration of Azerbaijani art music of the twentieth century.* Notes *
Music of Azerbaijan: From Mugham to Opera, is wellresearched and thoughtfully structured. The writing is fluent and pleasant to read, and the book achieves its goal of providing a detailed overview of composed music in Azerbaijan in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.* Slavic Review *
Music of Azerbaijan paves the path for crucial research avenues on Azerbaijani musical culture. * Fontes Artis Musice *
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