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Musical Ethics and IslamThe Art of Playing the Ney$
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Banu Senay

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043024

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043024.001.0001

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Mode and Mood

Mode and Mood

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(p.69) Chapter Three Mode and Mood
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Musical Ethics and Islam
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Banu Şenay

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043024.003.0004

As much as crafting a desired ney tone is paramount to good playing, a high premium is also placed on the competence of the player to bring pitches into intimate relationships with each other that are appealing to the ear. Given that Ottoman art music is always set in a modal system (makam), the novice must learn how to render the pitches effectively while satisfying the musical and emotional expectations of the makam in question. This chapter examines the aural perceptual modifications that one goes through so as to cultivate this capacity, a topic that engages with broader questions around the use of musical notation, as well as with discretion, intuition, and individuality in performance.

Keywords:   Ottoman art music, modal system, makam, notation, emotions, aural perceptual modifications, discretion, intuition, individuality

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