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Re: Makam or Maqam

From: Hans Aberg
Subject: Re: Makam or Maqam
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:11:02 +0100

On 3 Feb 2010, at 12:51, Trevor Daniels wrote:

Currently, notation/world.itely mixes 'maqam' / 'maqams' and 'makam' / 'makamlar'. Is this correct for Arabic/Turkish respectively, or should
it be unified?

Seems like "maqam" is Arabic and "makam" is Turkish.

See and links

Yes, they are different:maqam are the Arabic, see
They largely use the Persian system of dividing interval into microtonal one, but use notational symbols from E24 to notate them (though not played in that tuning system).

Turkish makam use a different way of dividing intervals, and alos different notation, see:
The notational system there is called Arel-Ezgi-Uzdilek (AEU); there are some others.

So "maqam" and "makam" should be kept separate. Instead explain the difference.


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