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Legal protection on Muqam legacy

08-06-2010 08:51 BJT

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Muqam is defined as a musical mode and set of melodic formula used to guide improvisation and composition.

Now, to better protect the legacy of music, a local legal regulation will be put into use beginning the first day of this October.

This is the second time that Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region use the legal way to enhance the protection of oral and intangible heritage.

Muqam was listed on UNESCO's oral and intangible cultural heritage in 2005. The Muqum system was developed among the ethnic Uygur people over the last 1500 years.

Muqam is defined as a musical mode and set of melodic formula used to guide improvisation and composition. 
Muqam is defined as a musical mode and set of melodic formula used to guide 
improvisation and composition. 

Each of the 12 Muqams consists of a main section that begins with a long free rhythm introduction, followed by pieces with characteristic rhythmic patterns that gradually increase in speed.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source:

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