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Uzeyir Hajibayov: a musical pioneer

Uzeyir Hacibeyov

“Every nation wants its composers to write in a language that is close to them, in their native musical language, although this is very difficult.” These are the words of Uzeyir Hajibayov, the founder of Azerbaijani written music and author of the first opera in the East. Hajibayov was close …

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What is Mugham?


The word mugham is used to designate a specialized style of music attributed to the Azerbaijani people of the Caucasus mountain range and nearby territories by that name. Mugham is generally recognized as a derivative of another specialised style of music attributed to the Persians, known there as dastgah. In …

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