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    Talk to me about Longa Farafaza (or Longas)

    I became intrigued with a beautiful piece of music called Longa Farafaza on the House of Tarab album. I have been wondering if this is a folkloric piece. It sounds vaguely Turkish to me. Are there particular dance style that go with a longa? Anyone know anything about it?


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    Re: Talk to me about Longa Farafaza (or Longas)

    There's a little at Maqam World: Arabic Musical Forms

    Some about the maqam Farah Faza here: Minor & Related Maqamaat

    Geek-level details about longas at this site: http://www.adamgood.com/turkish_nota...ort=makam_name

    Sheet music here: Ferahfezâ Longa - Mutlu Torun

    Shems' site also showed up in the search, but I'll let her post her own content.


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    Re: Talk to me about Longa Farafaza (or Longas)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nepenthe View Post
    I became intrigued with a beautiful piece of music called Longa Farafaza on the House of Tarab album. I have been wondering if this is a folkloric piece. It sounds vaguely Turkish to me. Are there particular dance style that go with a longa? Anyone know anything about it?
    Longa is a form of Turkish music, typically faster dance pieces, often in 2/4 and 6/8 rhythms. I don' think it is folkloric, though.
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    Re: Talk to me about Longa Farafaza (or Longas)

    when i was taught 2/4 on zills by the elder rathor, it was refered to as "longa a turkish 2/4"and 4/4 was "balady an arabic 4/4 " .in armenian music, longa means it will be a certain type of barr, ..dance...longa is usually a 1,2, kick with a grapevine..like the hora etc.


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    Re: Talk to me about Longa Farafaza (or Longas)

    Quote Originally Posted by zamora View Post
    when i was taught 2/4 on zills by the elder rathor, it was refered to as "longa a turkish 2/4"and 4/4 was "balady an arabic 4/4 " .in armenian music, longa means it will be a certain type of barr, ..dance...longa is usually a 1,2, kick with a grapevine..like the hora etc.
    looked at my music files
    other well known longas:
    lorke lorke
    shanaz ( sehnaz ) longa is one of my favs.but when dancing to shanaz, you can not cue to end your section in the middle of it...it is one of those songs the band HAS to go thru all the changes....to finish!


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    Re: Talk to me about Longa Farafaza (or Longas)

    Quote Originally Posted by zamora View Post
    shanaz ( sehnaz ) longa is one of my favs.but when dancing to shanaz, you can not cue to end your section in the middle of it...it is one of those songs the band HAS to go thru all the changes....to finish!
    That's one of my favorites too.

    You want a crazy version, try the Chinese group "12 Girls Band" -- they released the song as "Freedom" on traditional Chinese instruments. Ultimate fusion. I love it.


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