SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

6. Nawa Muqam: Muqaddima

Performed on the Diltar.

Abdulla states that Nawa Muqam is preferred by old men or by scholars. One of the darker sounding Muqam, Nawa in fact means 'joy', and ambiguity is created by its signature alternation of the sharpened and flattened third of the scale.