Maqam Saba Family

 Maqam Saba Pronunciation

   
Hijaz on F
Saba on D
Tetrachord
Ajam on B
Tetrachord Trichord
G clef D E half-flat F G flat A B flat C D

 

3/4 tone 3/4 tone 1/2 tone 1 1/2 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1 tone

   
Hijaz on F
Saba on D
Tetrachord
Hijaz on C
Tetrachord
Tetrachord
G clef D E half-flat F G flat A B flat C D flat E F

 

3/4 tone 3/4 tone 1/2 tone 1 1/2 tone 1/2 tone 1 tone 1/2 tone 1 1/2 tone 1/2 tone

Maqam Saba has two possible forms, shown above. The first form ends on the octave (D) while the second goes beyond 8 notes and doesn't include the octave of the tonic (D). Since the first 3 notes of maqam Saba are the beginning of the Bayati tetrachord, Saba is a popular modulation from maqam Bayati.
 

Hear this Maqam:

Violin   Maqam Saba on D - form 1
Violin   Maqam Saba on D - form 2
Oud   Maqam Saba on D - form 1
Oud   Maqam Saba on D - form 2
Buzuq   Maqam Saba on D - form 1
Buzuq   Maqam Saba on D - form 2

Samples:

  Um Kulthum: Huwa Sahih
  Um Kulthum: Al-Atlal
  Taqsim Qanun Abraham Salman
  Doulab Saba Techouf Omuri
  Layali from Ya Huwaida Lak
  Doulab Saba
  Doulab Saba
  Samai Saba Youssef Kassab

 

 

 








 Maqam Saba Zamzam Pronunciation

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


Maqam Saba Zamzam resembles maqam Saba, except the 2nd note is 1/4 step lower. In other words instead of the first 3 notes forming the beginning of a Bayati tetrachord, they form the beginning of a Kurd tetrachord. In practice this maqam is rarely used by itself, it is usually used as a modulation from maqam Kurd.

 

Hear this Maqam:

Violin   Maqam Saba Zamzam on D
Oud   Maqam Saba Zamzam on D
Buzuq   Maqam Saba Zamzam on D

Samples:

  Abdul Halim Hafez: Sawwah
  Umm Kulthum: Amal Hayati
  Abdul Halim: Ala Hesb Wadad Galbi

More Maqam Families: Ajam | Sikah | Bayati | Nahawand | Rast | Hijaz | Hijaz Kar | Saba | Kurd | Nawa Athar

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