Spain’s Musical Roots in the Arabic Sound

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Spain’s Musical Roots in the Arabic Sound

May 9, 2020 My Blog 0

Innovation and shifts in musical styles and instruments for Andalusia ‘s took from a unique Arab musical tradition. The Arab music brought to Spain by Ziryab had borrowed a lot from neighboring countries’ music and sound and then settled into the distinct Eastern Arabic sound. 

In the later centuries, East Arabs kept on to their traditional music and song, while Arab / Andalusian tunes settled in North Africa and Spain. In Cordova’s golden years, from the ninth to the twelfth centuries, when this capital of Arab Spain matched Baghdad as the world’s most vibrant and most influential city, all technology, including music, was pursued. 

Al-Farabi described rhythms, Ibn Rushd wrote Kitab al-Musiqi al-Kabir, one of the best music books ever published, and Ibn Bajjah composed a book that is lost but claims to have rivaled Ibn Rushd’s. Ibn al-‘Arabi blogged and taught aspects of mysticism and Ibn Sab’s music in Kitab al-Adwar al-Mansub. 

It is said that when al-Mahdi amused among the last caliphs in Cordova, a hundred lutes and a hundred flutes would fill the room. In these golden years, trainees originated from other European nations to study at Arab Andalusia music schools, then returned to the most exceptional worldwide music of the Arabs affected. 

A 13th-century Arab author, Zakariya al-Qazwini, explaining a town he checked out in Muslim Spain, composed that almost every occupant had an interest in literature and music, and many peasants could improvise poetry and song. Although music flourished under the Andalusian Umayyads and many of the rulers of that dynasty were arts customers, numerous spiritual leaders and ruling officials protested this category of home entertainment and attempted to enact laws versus music and singing, typically unsuccessfully. 

The Granada, Valencia, Zaragoza, Toledo, Malaga, Seville and other kings contended as learning clients. Toledo owned well-known musicians. Malaga’s music passion overruns. Nicholson B. Adams composes about this music-loving city in Spain’s Heritage. “In the 11th century, when he visited Malaga, Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Yamani was ill, but one night his feeling for music and singing, coming from the nearby buildings, changed. Describing this encounter, Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Yamani wrote: ‘Their music enthusiasm unquestionably dominates people. In that era of tawa’if rulers, in every city-state, artists and singers were honoured as never before in history. 

In the houses, also on the streets, song, dance, and tune were inspired. The parades and street festivals in modern Andalusian cities are only a continuation of the Moors’ practices many centuries ago. — city-state of Arab Spain ended up being kept in mind for excelling in one of the arts, but Seville outperformed them all. 

Al-Mu’ tamid, the ‘Abbadids’ finest, made his court friendly to poets and literary males and females. He was also an accomplished singer who accompanied himself on the ‘ud and composed poetry, particularly to his wife, I’ timad, with whom he fascinated his whole life. Like the king, his topics.