The relationship between music and environment plays an important role both in musical compositions and in research on music. The paper is about an anthropological study on the relationship between music of the long-necked lute dotār and the environment, in the region of Khorāssān in Iran. By examining the close relationship between the mulberry tree, birds, metaphor and music of dotār, we will try to show how the environmental factors, data or aspects can be directly or indirectly related to the music, particularly through the symbolism of Sufi beliefs in the region. These relationships to the nature are strongly linked to the perception and the discourse that a culture holds about its surrounding world.
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"The Mulberry Tree, the Birds and the Divine in the Music of the Dotār in Khorāssān (Iran),"
Yale Journal of Music & Religion:
2, Article 8.