The Formation of Ruboī Meters in Terms of Musical Rhythmic Rotations. By Abduvalī Abdurashidov. Translated by Evan Rapport, edited by Richard K. Wolf.

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Abduvalī Abdurashidov


In this article, the Tajik maqom master and pedagogue Abduvalī Abdurashidov approaches the problem of ruboī (a type of quatrain) versification from the standpoint of music. He takes us step-by-step through the process by which he arrives at the ruboī meters, with fascinating results that remind us of the interdependent nature of poetry and music.

Originally published in Tajik as “Tashakkul-i avzoni ruboī dar matn-i advor-i zarbi-i musiqī.” In Falak va mas’alahoi ta’rixī-nazariyavi-i musiqi-i tojik. Third International Symposium of Falak. Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan: Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 2009.

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