On Sorrow and Repression in Iranian Music, by Saeed Sabzian

This article by Tavaana faculty member Saeed Sabzian features analysis of contemporary Iranian vocal music, which expresses themes of loneliness, romantic longing, and complaints of mutual inattentiveness between lovers. In the narratives of such music, lovers possess an ardent desire to return to or connect with persons who have been cruel to them. This aesthetic way of life is contested with reference to instrumentation and lyrical content alongside analytical concepts drawn from psychology and sociology, emphasizing the active role of movement towards the future. In this piece, Sabzian establishes a method for understanding and analyzing music in light of social and political concepts. Besides accounting for the beauty and allure of music, he reasons that music can, apart from its allure, shape our conceptual apparatus and ways of thinking, furthering our passivity, grief, and sense of victimhood and impelling us to constitute community among mourners. He argues moreover that contemporary Iranian music is a reflection of people’s understanding of their own being, and furthermore a mirror of a political order in which people feel themselves to be trapped. Among the issues taken up here is the fact that people express their grievances through producing and listening to music, just as they use styles of lamentation and airing grievances for expression in the political sphere. Among other concepts, learned helplessness is thematized alongside violence, surrender, and yearning. In these songs’ narratives, lovers express their wishes and yearnings to their beloved. They demonstrate that they do not want to alter or traverse their painful situation, instead finding pleasure in passively being harmed. Referencing a debate arising from the lyrics of Yousef Abazari, Sabzian sets forth concepts which both confirm Abazari’s criticisms of lack of agency and recognize the inadequate reasoning of his speech. He also argues that this issue of passivity bears, for the student of culture, an actively defiant meaning in and of itself. The article establishes a useful method of criticism for persons interested in critical thought in the areas of culture and music, for the purposes of innovation in musical criticism.

Image source: https://goo.gl/RHx887

Asset Category: 
Media Asset Type: 
Saeed Sabzian
Publication Year: 



Get it on Google Play

If you do not have access to Google Play download the Android APK file below ( Android 4.2.2 and higher). 



سیاست انبوه‌سازی مسکن (مانند #مسکن_مهر) بدون توجه به زیرساخت‌های لازم آموزشی، خود یک درد بود و اکنون سیل مهاجرت از… https://t.co/69IDKPwD3t
Tavaana توانا (10 hours ago)
کارتون تحمل رهبری طرحی از شاهرخ حیدری https://t.co/6W0U53OnDp #توانا #کارتون #اعتصاب_کامیونداران #اعتصاب_معلمان… https://t.co/IeMVwQ7Az5
Tavaana توانا (11 hours ago)
والدین باید درمورد مواد آگاهی داشته باشند، تا با نوجوان گفتگوکنند.به نوجوانان آموزش نه گفتن بدهیم که نیاز به تاییدد… https://t.co/AnhbJM0mID
Tavaana توانا (11 hours ago)
تحقیقات نشان داده است که حداقل یک وعده دور هم غذا خوردن و گفتگو و تبادل نظر با همدیگر در روز باعث کاهش مصرف مواد و… https://t.co/BcKrtKhFX8
Tavaana توانا (11 hours ago)
خیلی از مشکلات اضطرابی و افسردگی و درنتیجه مصرف مواد،ناشی از انتقاد بیش ازحد نسبت به کودک، تحقیر او، مقصرکردن او و… https://t.co/s1cgkA7cj4
Tavaana توانا (11 hours ago)
فهیمه میانجی: چالش‌های اضطراب و افسردگی خودش را می‌تواند با انزوا و بی‌اهمیتی نسبت به چیزهایی که نوجوان را به شوق م… https://t.co/qGJlTClxL8
Tavaana توانا (12 hours ago)
از متن طومار #کارگران_معادن_کرمان: آیا صدای شکستن استخوان‌های کارگران در زیر چرخ مهیب #تورم و #گرانی به گوش پایتخ… https://t.co/sBv7mtgKOu
Tavaana توانا (12 hours ago)
آرامش دوستدار منتقد نظام شاهنشاهی بود اما انقلاب اسلامی را به «آوار» تشبیه می‌کند. او این انقلاب را نوعی مرگ می‌دان… https://t.co/onmGCNORtL
Tavaana توانا (12 hours ago)