Persian Setar: The Epitome of Persian Musical Excellence
Persian Setar, the embodiment of Persian classical music, is an instrument so divine that one oscillation of its string is bound to transport you to a state of heavenly peace.
A type of lute, the Persian Setar, is a four-string instrument, member of the tanbur family, with notes resembling the famous Persian instrument, the tar.
A Look into the Persian Setar
The Persian Setar has a mulberry wood pear shaped body with a long and narrow neck. The four-strings pass down from the neck and secured on the wire holder.
The musician plays it with the index finger of his right hand, placing it at a 45-degree angle on his thighs. And the tone of the Persian Setar is tuned to match the requirements of Dastgâh, a music modal system in traditional Persian music.
The Glorious History of a Glorious Instrument
Setar originated in Persia in the 9th century CE with some tracing its origin to the 15th century. Originally with three strings, the Persian Setar got its fourth string in the 19th century. Even after the addition of a fourth string, the Setar still kept its name, se-tar, meaning ‘three-stringed’ instrument.
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