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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.