MAULANA MUHAMMAD TABADKHANI AND OTHER DERVISHES DANCING, FROM A MANUSCRIPT OF A WORK ATTRIBUTED TO GAZURGAHI, MAJALIS AL-`USHSHAQ, DATED AH 959 (1552 AD), BODLEIAN LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. – TAASA Review March 2012
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Persian music has two distinct strands: the first may be termed traditional' i.e.
the indigenous, classical musical tradition of Iran; and the second is what I would call amystical’ strand, and often accompanies poetry expressing notions of Sufism.
My personal taste very much attracted me to the second, as this has a depth and connection that I have rarely felt with any other music I have encountered (except maybe the purest Gregorian chants in the West)...