THE MUSIC OF ISLAM - Volume Fourteen: Mystic Music Through the Ages
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The title of this one seems a bit ominous so I'll give you a little bit of what I found written on it...
Apologies first as this is just a copy&paste from the official site...Not that I don't think you could have found it yourself or anything!
'This volume focuses on the mystic music of the Islamic worldÂspecifically Turkish mystics. To Westerners, Islamic mysticism is practically synonymous with Sufism. Sufi poetry and music have endured for centuries in various Islamic countries. In the mystical brotherhoods music always had a revered and acknowledged place. Although the term music is never used in mystical writings, but rather listeningÂvoice, gesture and musical instruments are all aids to the devotee in his spiritual exercise, which leads him to ecstasy and to supreme union with God. In every case, the music draws its inspiration from the text, and its structure from a sophisticated set of modes, rhythms, and traditional forms.
The tracks on this recording literally date from the V-XIV/11th-20th centuries featuring many famous compositions such as Tekbir and Salavat-i Serife, known throughout the Islamic world as two of the masterworks of one of Turkey's greatest composers. Also featured are ilahis (hymns), excerpts of the sema ritual and dhikr (zikr in Turkey) ceremonies. Completing the volume is a vocal performance of Surah 19, Ayet 115-117 of the Qur'an
My review(!abuse of the term!) of this one is simply.: Aaaah. Love it.
You do realise that this is the penultimate volume??!!
Get ready for completion!!!!
And erm, vote in the poll or I will hold out on the last volume!
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