Playlist:  Classical Music of Iran (Introduction to World Music: The Middle East) by Jenna Makowski, Alexander Street Press

Classical music in Iran is built around a formal repertoire of melodies called the radif, which are in turn built around distinct intervals called dastghah, which are further broken into melodic sequences called ghousheh. There are 7 main dastghahs in Iranian classical music, which are manifested through improvisation and virtuosity. The improvisation presented here is broken up across twelve tracks. It is based in Dastghah-e Nava and Avaz Bayat. As it expresses an inner state of calmness, it is better played at night. Each track is accompanied by analysis from the liner notes.
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Darâmad
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 4 mins  
The introduction melody presents the global atmosphere of the dastghah. It is developed upwards from C and downwards from B-flat towards an intermediate note F called shahed. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
03:50
26 Dec 2013
Zarbi-é Navâ
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 15 mins  
The dastghah is repeated in a progressive way while other ghoushehes of the Nava mode are introduced on established or improvised rhythms. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
15:13
26 Dec 2013
Naghmeh-ghardân
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 2 mins  
An improvised piece in the Naghmeh and Ghardanieh ghoushehes which are played within the range of the daramad. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
02:05
26 Dec 2013
Kereshmeh
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 8 mins  
Like the Maghmeh, this ghousheh can be played in all dastghahes and is characterized by its melody and original rhythm. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
08:13
26 Dec 2013
Neyshâbourak
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 3 mins  
This is one of the important ghoushehes of the Nava mode. Its range is within the second tetrachord of the daramad and its shahed note is A-flat. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
03:09
26 Dec 2013
Zarbi-é Neyshâbourak
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 7 mins  
A piece improvised on the main motive of Ghousheh-e Neyshaburak, following various rhythms. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
06:30
26 Dec 2013
Nahôft
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 2 mins  
A ghousheh representing the highest degree of the Nava mode. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
02:29
26 Dec 2013
Zarbi-é Nahôft
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 4 mins  
(Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
04:24
26 Dec 2013
Bayât-é kord
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 3 mins  
An important ghousheh of the Shur mode. It shares a common sound interval with the Nava mode, allowing modulations. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
03:23
26 Dec 2013
Bastehneghâr
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 2 mins  
A ghousheh with the same characteristics as the Kereshmeh and the Naghmeh. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
01:54
26 Dec 2013
Foroud
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 1 min  
A ghousheh characterized by the return of the melody to the dastghah of the Nava, with special emphasis on the shahed note. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
00:45
26 Dec 2013
Reng-é Navâ
produced by Gilles Fruchaux; performed by Hossein Alizâdeh and Madjid Khaladj, 1962-; in Musique Iranienne, Improvisations (CD 2) (Buda Musique), 6 mins  
A rhythmic dance especially created for this concert. (Musique Iranienne, Improvisations. Liner Notes. Buda Musique, 2005.)
05:34
26 Dec 2013
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