Middle Eastern vs. Western Music

Middle Eastern vs. Western Music
5 (100%) 1 vote

Middle Eastern vs. Western Music:

Middle Eastern Music- The complexity of the rhythm and the purity of the melodic line are most important in this type of music. In contrast, Western music has a harmonic framework and a beginning, middle and end. Middle Eastern music has an ebb and flow, a continuous development and endless repetition with embellishments and variations.

Middle Eastern music uses quartertones, a pitch that is half way between a white and black key on a piano

Western music uses chords (harmony) while Middle Eastern music does not. There’s only one melodic line.

More reading about Middle Eastern music:
Arabic Maqam World – Great site! –

Zehara’s Site More in-depth description of structure

For more info about the author, visit www.mellilah.com

About Mellilah Jamal

Mellilah teaches belly dance classes in Redmond and Bothell and performs for private parties and restaurants throughout Seattle.

Leave a Comment

Follow on Feedly