Arabian Music

Arabian music has long been considered to be the classical musical tradition of the people of the Islamic origin located in Arabia. The very same magical land of Arabia that has for centuries been considered to be the Fertile Crescent. The most prominent characteristics that stand apart in Arabian music are:

1. Modal homophony
2. Florid ornamentation
3. Modal rhythm.

The very melodious modal system of, which was called Ibn Misjah, consisted of eight modes in its form. This modal system in fact was the system that lasted right until the 11th century.

Right after this point, the number of modes in the system was increased from eight to twelve. By the time the thirteenth century arrived the nodes were called by the name maqamat.

Right until this point of time the gamut of Arabian music had only consisted of twelve basic tones. Each of these twelve tones was very similar and in fact almost equivalent to the chromatic scale of the Western music. Looking for download songs? Visit the site now.

During the period of the thirteenth century a few more tones were added on to each quarter of the existing tones. These tones were added to the tones that were below the diatonic whole tone. That is below the tones of d, e, g, a, b to be more precise.

In the sixteenth century, a whole new mode of tuning was introduced and adopted to the entire gamut of the Arabian music. At this point of time, the nature of the maqamat was also completely revamped apart from the very structure of the tones.

The modal system that was for long used in the composition of the Arabian Music melodies were soon replaced by the melodic formulae. This set of melodic formulae that was used in the compositions was very much similar to the system of the ragas that is followed in the Hindu system of music.