Maqam Hijaz Family

 Maqam Hijaz Pronunciation

Sikah on B
  Trichord
 
Rast on G
Tetrachord Tetrachord
G clef D E flat F # G A B half-flat C D
1/2 tone 1 1/2 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 3/4 tone 3/4 tone 1 tone

 


Ajam on B
  Trichord
 
Tetrachord
Tetrachord
G clef D E flat F # G A B flat C D
1/2 tone 1 1/2 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1 tone

 

Maqam Hijaz has two forms shown above. Often the (Hijaz-Rast) form is used on the way up, and the (Hijaz-Nahawand) form is used on the way down. The Sikah trichord on the 6th note (in the first form) and the Ajam trichord on the 6th note (in the second form) are seconday ajnas, often used in modulation.

A very important peculiarity of the Hijaz tetrachord is a microtonal variation from the Western even-tempered scale, where the 2nd note (E) is tuned slightly higher, and the 3rd note (F#) is tuned slightly lower, so as to narrow down the 1 1/2 tone interval.

 

Hear this Maqam:

Violin   Form 1: Hijaz-Rast on D
Violin   Form 2: Hijaz-Nahawand on D
Oud   Maqam Hijaz on A - both forms
Oud   Maqam Hijaz on C - both forms
Oud   Maqam Hijaz on D - both forms
Buzuq   Maqam Hijaz on C - both forms
Buzuq   Maqam Hijaz on D - both forms
Buzuq   Maqam Hijazon G - both forms

Recording Samples:

  Doulab Hijaz and Nay Taqsim
  Qasidat Mawlay Ajfani
  Qadduka Al-Mayyas
  Muwashah Badri Ader
  Muwashah Ma Htiyali
  Samai Hijaz Muhammad Abdo
  Foug El Nakhal
  Muwashah Ya Sahi Hayy (instr.)
  Doulab Hijaz

 


 Maqam Zanjaran (Zankulah) Pronunciation
 
Hijaz on C
Ajam on F
Tetrachord Trichord
G clef C D flat E F G A B flat C
1/2 tone 1 1/2 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone

Maqam Zanjaran is a very popular modutaion from maqam Hijaz.

 

Hear this Maqam:

Violin   Maqam Zanjaran on C
Violin   Maqam Zanjaran on D
Oud   Maqam Zanjaran on C
Buzuq   Maqam Zanjaran on C
Buzuq   Maqam Zanjaran on D

Samples:

  Mawwal Amanah Ya Leil
  Ya Halawat ed-Donia
  Taqsim Qanun Zanjaran
  Zanjaran Layali
  Muwashah Aya Daraha Bil Huzn
  Taqsim Buzuq Hijaz and Zanjaran
  Semiramis (Taqsim Oud)


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