Music of Azerbaijan

Music of Azerbaijan : From Mugham to Opera

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 29g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 91 music exx., 27 b&w illus., 2 maps, 33 video, 30 audio
  • 0253019451
  • 9780253019455

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Music of Azerbaijan paves the path for crucial research avenues on Azerbaijani musical culture. * Fontes Artis Musice *
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About Aida Huseynova

Aida Huseynova, a musicologist from Azerbaijan, is Adjunct Lecturer in Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She is the author of the educational DVD Music and Culture of Azerbaijan and author (with Munara Mailybekova) of the DVD Music and Culture of Kyrgyzstan.
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Table of contents

Ethnomusicology Multimedia Series PrefaceAcknowledgmentsNote on Language and TransliterationIntroductionChapter 1: Azerbaijani Musical Nationalism during the Pre-Soviet and Soviet Eras Chapter 2: Pioneers of the New Azerbaijani Musical IdentityChapter 3: The Russian-Soviet Factor: Facilitating or Disrupting Synthesis? Chapter 4: The Beginning of the National Style: 1900-The 1930s Chapter 5: Growing Maturity: 1940-The Early 1960s Chapter 6: The Spirit of Experimentalism: Since the 1960sChapter 7: Songwriters Chapter 8: Jazz MughamChapter 9: Leaving the Post-Soviet Era Behind Chapter 10: "Mugham Opera" of the Silk RoadEpilogueGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex
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