April 25, 2019 ~ 7-8 PESAH. Maqam AJAM/SABA.

Digital Music Archive Collection and Liturgical Tradition Scholarship of the Syrian Sephardic Jewish community of Aleppo

طقوسي التقاليد والتسجيلات الموسيقية في المجتمع اليهودي السفارديم حلب السورية

הפזמונים והחזנות כמנהג ארם צובא - ק"ק חלף

נערך ע"י דויד מעתוק בטיש הלוי וידידיו בניו יורק וגם בירושלים הבירה בשם נעים זמירות ישראל כה"ר גבריאל אברהם שרים וגם יצחק יעקב כבאסו ס"ט

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Maqam of the Week: SIGAH and AJAM

On the
First Day of Pesah, the evening and morning services are conducted in Maqam SIGAH. According to Professor Abraham Zvi Idelsohn (1882-1938), this maqam signifies majesty, pomp, and ceremony; adjectives that describe the festival of Pesah. This maqam will sound familiar to most because it is the same melody used for the Torah. PIZMON SEFER TORAH: Rokheb Abim (page 485); as we switch back to "Morid HaTal." 

On the Second Day of Pesah, the evening and morning services are conducted in Maqam AJAM. This is a maqam linked to festivity, and joy. In addition to being used for the Sheba Berakhot of weddings, it is typically the maqam used for "Yom Tob Sheni" (second day of holiday). It is a maqam that people who grew up in America enjoy, because it is the Arabic equivalent to the Western Major Scale. PIZMON SEFER TORAH: Yahid Nora (page 120). 

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