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  • Singing the Nation: Words of the People, Music for Iran

    Ann E. Lucas

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


    This final chapter of part 2 (parallel to chapter 5 in part 1) looks at the song texts associated with the radif-dastgah tradition. The chapter analyzes texts to show how poetry was the primary basis for dastgah organization, and it looks at the national logic behind the choice of specific medieval poetry to represent the core of the modern system. It then examines the use of contemporary poetry and explores how the topics of contemporary poetry used in the tradition favor ideas about nationalism, as well as civic responsibility and critique of dynastic rule.

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    Lucas, A. 2019. Singing the Nation: Words of the People, Music for Iran. In: Lucas, A, Music of a Thousand Years. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.78.i

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    Published on Nov. 1, 2019


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