The Music of Islam, Vol. 13: Music of Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan Ten years in the making,
The Music of Islam
recorded in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Pakistan, Indonesia,
Iran and Qatar represents the most comprehensive sound documentation
available to Westerners today, of a world religion dating back to 1/622.
Although governed by strict rules for fourteen centuries, contact with
other cultures has radically affected Islamic music throughout history. As
the world enters the XV/21st century the timing of this collection serves
an even larger purpose, documenting the traditions that have survived and
will continue to survive for centuries to come. Today, one fifth of the
world"s population, one billion people, are Muslims, occupying a large
territory stretching from the Atlantic shore of north and west Africa,
through west, central, and south Asia to island southeast Asia, and
attracting an increasing following in India, western Europe, north America,
east Asia, and southern Africa.
This is a global presence which cannot
be ignored . The classical music of Pakistan has its roots in
pre-Islamic times. Hence the names of the majority of
Hindu connections and are from the Sanskirt language. Muslim musicians from
Pakistan will generally sing in the Urdu language and the lyrics, if
religious, will be in praise of Allah. Islamic culture, and in particular
Persia, has had a profound influence on the evolution of music. Today,
Muslim musicians play a major role in the music world. Whether they are
from Pakistan or India, names like Ustad Bary Fateh Ali Khan, Vilayat Khan,
Amjad Ali Khan, or the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan are among the great
musicians of the XIV/20th century.
In this recording, Ustad Bary Fateh
Ali Khan presents three
for three different periods of the
day: early morning, early evening and evening.
The concept of set
periods of the day to which
are attached is based upon how one
generally feels at different times. This is further defined by scale and
the ascending or descending structure of the
raga . Each
is in the
rhythmic cycle, the closest to the Western concept
of 4/4 time.
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