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  • The Politics of Song: Music for Kings, Music for Empire, c. 1400–1722

    Ann E. Lucas

    Chapter from the book: Lucas, A. 2019. Music of a Thousand Years: A New History of Persian Musical Traditions.


    This chapter examines the third category of music texts during the era of the twelve-maqam system: song text collections. By comparing song texts from the Timurid era to the song texts of the Safavid era, this chapter demonstrates the centrality of kingship to the contexts of performances in the twelve-maqam system. It also shows how the texts reveal differences between the role of music in the Timurid courts and the role of music in the Safavid courts.

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    Lucas, A. 2019. The Politics of Song: Music for Kings, Music for Empire, c. 1400–1722. In: Lucas, A, Music of a Thousand Years. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.78.e

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    Published on Nov. 1, 2019


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