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Guitar is an Iranian Instrument
13 January 2008
(CAIS) -- An
Iranian renowned composer and music historian said that based on historical
evidence classical guitar was originated in Iran.
Speaking to ISNA, Mohsen Danesh, a flamenco guitarist, further said, “contrary
to claims that the guitar a western musical instrument, the guitar was invented
by an Iranian musician called Zaryab Shirazi.“
He added that Zaryab was a talented musician, living during the Abbasid
Caliphate (750-1258 AD). He invented the instrument by making changes to the
strings of lute, which resembles the guitar in form and sound.
Zaryab propagated the guitar in Spain and North Africa as he established the
first school of Andalusia music in Cordoba.
“Zaryab is quite famous in Spain due to his contribution to Spanish music.
Even the world’s top flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia has named one of his
compositions after Zaryab,“ Danesh added.
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