National music of Iraq
Behind all madness which surrounds now distressful Iraq, is often forgotten simple, but the obvious fact: in this country too there is a culture, which ancient chinese and egyptian.
Even less often mentioned, but also obvious fact - that in Iraq there is also a musical culture, which basis - arabian, plus are added persian and bedouinian elements.
All compositions are building on intuition - the performer simply feels, how the melody should develop.
From it all sounds is unpredictable.
In these compositions, the tradition ground by centuries, subconsciousness catches internal logic, and from it ascetic compositions sound richly and variously.
And here is never used more than two tools one of which it is often - or voice, or percussion instruments, naqqare - big and small drums fastened together on which sticks play complex rhythmic combinations.
Are still involved qanun, which reminds japanese koto or russian gusli, matbudj - its buzz is similar to the Irish flutes, string instruments ud, jose and rabab, zurna - wind instrument like an oboe and some more kinds of percussion instruments.
There is no sense to speak about alive breath of the East - certainly, it here is.
East singing at which the voice floats and comes back to the same infinite note.
Certainly, it is necessary to be ready to apprehend this music.
It is not necessary even to try to listen to it after Tarkan.
This lingering, melancholy sounding music is similar to the meditation, Gulliver's imagined travel to other culture.
It not that Iraq which passes in reports of news.
It is other Iraq; more mystical, and more present.
As if in other world you get. The world which already now, probably, is lost for ever.
COMPOSITIONS of 70th YEARS
MODERN POPULAR SINGERS
Hel andak Shek
Titbaghdad Alina sup!
Qoli Aheboka sup!
The War Is Over sup!
Alraat we alnar sup!
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