History of Persian Music

Some great lines:

     * Before Islam, music was an important and intense cultural life.
     * Year 621: invasion of the Arabs. Prohibition of arts (including music) and silencing devaluation of a rich culture.
     * Intensity of musical life, however, until the sixteenth century and irremediable decline for three centuries.
     * 1906: musical revival (linked to the democratic revolution) that affects all social classes thanks to the master 
Khan; transcription start (music transmitted however orally).

            Persian classical music (traditional or modern) is organized into modal systems. A mode is a scale that has sound data in its internal organization and its own character development: it is the SPIRIT mode, the "perfume". Mode is composed of melodic sequences (the "goushés") the number varies for each mode. The goushés have name, but for most of them, they have no definite rhythm. Many were lost during the Arab occupation and because of oral transmission. The work of the artist is to enter the selected mode until you find the spirit. It can then interpret the directory, vary or improvise and compose. The Iranian musician does not grow virtuosity for its own sake, it mobilizes all its power to achieve fullness expressive, "Hal" ecstasy.