Autumn 2003 (11.3)
in Print about Azerbaijan?
String By String: The Reconstruction of Azerbaijan's Medieval
Majnun Karimov Brings Medieval Music to Life
The culmination of a lifetime of research has gone into Majnun
Karimov's new book, "Azerbaijan Music Instruments".
It's the first book ever to document what Azerbaijani traditional
instruments look like and how they are made. For the past 34
years, Karimov has pursued his personal quest to restore ancient,
forgotten instruments that were documented in miniature paintings.
beautiful volume includes a personal description describing the
path that Majnun took to reconstruct some of these instruments,
plus a description and photos of 28 traditional instruments.
They include Percussion: Laggutu, Goltug Naghara, Jura Naghara,
Boyuk Naghara, Gosha Naghara, Gaval, Daf and Dumbak.
Wind instruments include: Ney, Balaban, Zurna, Tulum, Tutak and
Garmon. String instruments include: Gopuz, Choghur, Chagane,
Rubab, Barbat, Shirvan Tanbur, Chang, Rud, Santur, Saz, Tar,
Kamancha, Ganun and Ud.
The trilingual text in Azeri, English and Russian with carefully
selected photos of Azerbaijani traditional instruments and miniature
The book project and CD were sponsored by Unocal Khazar and Statoil
of Norway. Rafig Ismayilov was the coordinator for the project,
Alla Bayramova and Husein Asadov served as editors. The English
was translated from Azeri by Jala Garibova and edited by Betty
Blair of Azerbaijan International.
"Azerbaijan Music Instruments" (Azeri, English and
Russian) by Majnun Karimov. Yeni Nasil Publishing House: Baku
(Printed by Mega in Turkey) 2003. Hard bound with CD ROM. ISBN
9952-24-024-4, full color, 184 pages. Contact: Majnun Karimov
in Baku: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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