BOZORG, one of the modes in traditional Iranian and Arabic music, mentioned for the first time by Ṣafī-al-Dīn ʿOrmavī among the twelve šodūd, later on called maqāmāt (ŠarhÂ¡, p. 376). Its origin is controversial, however: It is sometimes said to be derived (forūʿ) from Zirafkand (Ebn al-Afkānī [d. 1348/1923-30] apud Shiloah, p. 36), sometimes from ʿErāq (Ḏokāʾ, p. 192). According to the 7th/13th-ceritury author Qoṭb-al-Dīn Šīrāzī (Dorrat al-tāj), who corrected the measures of Ṣafī-al-Dīn, its basic scale was the pentatonic specie: G Ap B C C#(+)D (150, 267, 81, 128, 76 cents; p = koron, half-flat), extended into a maqām by the addition of E Gb G (204, 182, 112 cents, apud Wright, pp. 54, 70).
Although Bozorg lost its importance in Arabic and Turkish tradition, under the name of Bozrok it became one of the main maqāms of the Tajik-Uzbek šeš-maqām, characterized by a pentatonic structure: (C) D E (F#) G A B (C) D. In Azerbaijan, Bozrok is a small melody of Māhūr, and in Persian classical radīf the gūša Bozorg is played at the end of the development of Šūr on the descending scale: Bb Ap (b) G F Eb Dp C, centered on G and ending on C (oral transmission from ʿA.-A. Šahnāzī and Mīrzā ʿAbd-Allāh). There thus seems to be no connection among all these forms.
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