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Music of a Thousand Years : A New History of Persian Musical Traditions, Paperback / softback Book

Music of a Thousand Years : A New History of Persian Musical Traditions Paperback / softback


A free open access ebook is available upon publication.

Learn more at www.luminosoa.org. Iran's particular system of traditional Persian art music has been long treated as the product of an ever-evolving, ancient Persian culture.

In Music of a Thousand Years, Ann E. Lucas argues that this music is a modern phenomenon indelibly tied to changing notions of Iran's national history.

Rather than considering a single Persian music history, Lucas demonstrates cultural dissimilarity and discontinuity over time, bringing to light two different notions of music-making in relation to premodern and modern musical norms.

An important corrective to the history of Persian music, Music of a Thousand Years is the first work to align understandings of Middle Eastern music history with current understandings of the region's political history.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 13 color images, 7 maps, 14 line art illustrations
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: Theory of music & musicology
  • ISBN: 9780520300804