Albums - Collection 3 of 4
Complete forms of Persian Traditional music
Percia Baharloo
Pish Dar Amads
Persian Classical Music Forms - Disc 1 of 6

Pishdaramad is a form of Persian Classical Music that
could be described as the equivalent of Preludes in the
Western Classical Music.  Pish Dar Amad is played as an
introduction to the main performance to set the stage for
the listener and includes the essence of the following
music.  These pieces usually have a slow tempo.

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Rengs
Persian Classical Music Forms - Disc 2 of 6

Reng is one of the Persian Classical Music forms.  It is a
rhythmic piece of music composed for Persian Traditional
Dances.  In performing Rengs, special considerations
are made to sync the music with the dance moves.  The
musician is constantly helping the dancer in her or his
performance throughout the piece.  Rengs could be
played with or without a dancer as part of a recital.
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Naghmeh Do Zarbis
Persian Classical Music Forms - Disc 3 of 6

Naghmeh Do Zarbi is a form of Persian Classical Music
derived from the Pish Dar Amad form (please refer to the
explanations in Disk 1 for Pish Dar Amads).  In contrast to
the Pish Dar Amads, these pieces usually have a fast
tempo and are very rhythmic, dynamic, exciting and loud.  
These pieces are very rich in melodies and are
sometimes used instead of Pish Dar Amad as a prelude.
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Tasnifs (Instrumental)
Persian Classical Music Forms - Disc 4 of 6

This recording is the Instrumental performance of the
Tasnifs without the lyrics.  This could be used by players
and singers to practice the songs.
Please refer to Disk 5 (below) for further information on
Tasnifs and to listen to the complete version of these
Tasnifs including the
Vocal parts.
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Tasnifs (Vocal)
Persian Classical Music Forms - Disc 5 of 6

Tasnif is a form of Persian Classical Music that covers all
music pieces with lyrics.  Tasnifs played an essential role
in preserving the Persian Traditional Music over the past
centuries.  There were no music notes developed at the
time and the only way to remember the tunes was for the
singers to memorize them using the lyrics.  This
recording is a variation of Tasnifs referred to as “National
Classical Tasnifs”.
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Chahar Mezrabs
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ersian Classical Music Forms - Disc 6 of 6

Chahar Mezrabs are rhythmic music pieces that are
considered as one of the most important forms of Persian
Classical Music.  Chahar Mezrabs are very thorough and
its melodies would cover all the main variations of its
modal system.  They usually have a moderate to fast
tempos and are technically demanding for the performer.
They usually have a main melody that is repeated all
through the piece from time to time.  They also have main
notes that are played continuously (2 violin strings are
played at the same time) or are played between every few
notes throughout the piece.  They have a clear Cadence
for the ending.
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The following recordings each cover a Form of Iranian Traditional Music
performed on violin.  The Tasnifs (Vocal, Disk 5) includes vocal parts as well.

Each track of the following recordings is a composition in one of the 12 modal
systems of the Persian Music known as Avaz. Each Avaz represents a unique
melodic model.  In Persian Music there are 7 main Avazes known as Dastgahs:
Shur, Mahour, Homayun, Nava, Seh Gah, Chahar Gah, Rust Panj Gah.

The other 5 Avazes are derived from these 7 Dastgahs:
Dashti, Tork, Abu Ata, Afshari, Esfahan.