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Ancient Iranians attached great importance to music and poetry, as they still do today. 7th century plate depicts Sassanid era musicians. The British Museum.
Ancient Iranians attached great importance to music and poetry, as they still do today. 7th century plate depicts Sassanid era musicians. The British Museum.

Sassanid music refers to the golden age of Persian music that occurred under the reign of the Sassanid dynasty. Post Sasanian era silver plate. ... Post Sasanian era silver plate. ... Sassanid Empire at its greatest extent The Sassanid dynasty (also Sassanian) was the name given to the kings of Persia during the era of the second Persian Empire, from 224 until 651, when the last Sassanid shah, Yazdegerd III, lost a 14-year struggle to drive out the Umayyad Caliphate... The main entrance to the British Museum The British Museum is one of the worlds largest and most important museums of ancient history. ... -1...


Persian classical music dates to the sixth century BC; during the time of the Achaemenid Empire (550-331 B.C.), music played an important role in prayer and in royal and national events. But Persian music had its zenith during the Sassanid dynasty from 224 until 651 AD. Achaemenid Empire The Achaemenid Dynasty was a dynasty in the ancient Persian Empire, including Cyrus II the Great, Darius I and Xerxes I. At the height of their power, the Achaemenid rulers of Persia ruled over territories roughly emcompassing some parts of todays Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon... Events Shah Artashir I wins Persian independence from Parthia and establishes the Sassanid dynasty. ... Events End of Yazdegard IIIs attempts to drive out the Saracens. ...


In this era, many of Persian music's dastgahs and modes were invented, most of them by Barbod. He employed 30 sounds for music. Naturally he recorded his inspirations and performed them for his audience, since if he did not, he could not play them again. The tradition of Persian art music embodies twelve modal systems, known as dastgahs. ... Barbod or Barbod the Great was the court musician of the Sassanid Empire. ...


Dance and chanson were prevalent in court banquets. It said that on several occasions Persian musicians and dancers were gifted to the court of Chinese emperors by Sassanid kings, implying the high reputation and virtuosity of Persian musicians and dancers in that era. Another important role that music played was in the reception of foreign diplomats and kings from neighbouring countries, such as Byzantine or Hephthalites. Byzantine Empire (Greek: Βασιλεία Ῥωμαίων) is the term conventionally used since the 19th century to describe the Greek-speaking Roman Empire during the Middle Ages, centered at its capital in Constantinople. ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


Five centuries after Barbod's death, Farabi made a record of all the musical pieces of his period and described the ancient note recording method. About 2,000 musical works and melodies and relics of that period have been passed on to us, including pieces from Barbod, Armove and Maraghi so that this music can be performed and played at present. Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Tarkhan ibn Uzalagh al-Farabi (870–950 A.D.), also known in the West as Alpharabus, Alfarabi, or Farabi, was a Persian-Turkish (Encyclopedia Britannica) philosopher and scientist and one of the greatest scientists and philosophers of his time. ...


Ö== Famous Sassanid musicians ==

Taq-e Bostan carving, Women playing harp while the king is hunting.
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Taq-e Bostan carving, Women playing harp while the king is hunting.
  • Barbod : Barbod, or Barbod the Great, was the court musician of the Sassanid Empire. He created the first ever muInsertformulahereMedia:Example.ogg Image:Example.jpg Image:Example.jpg

== Headline text ==ˠ sical system in the Middle East, known as the Royal Khosravani, dedicated to King Khosrau (Chosroes). Image File history File links Harp-Sassanid. ... Image File history File links Harp-Sassanid. ... Kermanshah or Taq-i-Bustan , is located in western Iran , four miles north-East of Kermanshah. ... The harp is a chordophone which has its strings positioned perpendicular to the soundboard. ... Barbod or Barbod the Great was the court musician of the Sassanid Empire. ... Image File history File links Example. ... Image File history File links Example. ...

  • Nakisa : He was also the court musician of the Sassanid Empire. The main theme of his songs were in praise of King Khosrau II.
  • Sarkash : Though not as renowned as Barbod or Nakisa, he was a remarkable musician.
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Nakisa was the court musician of the Sassanids. ... Khosrau II, the Victorious (Parvez), king of Persia, son of Hormizd IV, grandson of Khosrau I, 590 - 628. ... Sarkash is the least renowned of the three most influential musicians of the Sassanids. ...

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