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18 Cards in this Set

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Maqam
Melodic mode
Iqa'
Rhythmic pattern
Dulab
A precomposed short piece used as a prelude to other longer pieces or suites of pieces
Taqasim
Non-metric instrumental improvisations
Layali
Non-metric vocal improvisation, usually on the syllables
Mawwal
Non-metric vocal improvisation with poetic text
Sama'i
A sectional instrumental piece based in one maqam with modulations to other maqams
Longa
Fast instrumental piece with recurring refrain. (Both the Sama'i and longa are from the Turkish tradition)
Muwashshah
Strophic songs, generally associated with the Syrian tradition
Taqtuqah
Strophic popular song
Takht
Small ensemble of 3-5 musicians with one person per instrument
Firqah
Large ensemble (often with a mix of Western and Arab/Middle Eastern Instruments)
Ughniyyah
Modern long songs with several parts often lasting up to an hour in performance
Waslah
Suite of performances, both compositions and improvisation,s based in one maqam
Dulab Rast
The Dulab is a short introductory piece that introduces the maqam and that is always played as an introduction to other precomposed or improvised performances.
Taqasim Rast
Note the phrase construction of this instrumental solo (taqsim).
Note also the part of the performace in the upper octave (answer-Jawab)
Sama'i Rast
Precomposed instrumental genre with a recurring refrain and several sections.
Layali (vocal improv)
Non-Metric vocal improv on the words "Ya Layl" and "Ya 'Ayni"