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O'Connell, John Morgan 2013. Beste. In: Fleet, Kate, Krämer, Gudrun, Matringe, Denis, Nawas, John and Rowson, Everett eds. Encyclopaedia of Islam, Three, Brill, pp. 52-53. (10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_24017)

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The beste (pl. besteler) is an important vocal genre in Turkish art music. Derived from the Persian word basta (“bound”), the beste is a composition which consists of two couplets configured into a single four-line strophe. Characteristic of the murabba (murabbaʿ) form, each line (mısra; mıṣrāʿ) adheres to a particular rhyme scheme where all lines rhyme with the exception of line 3; that is, the first line of the second couplet (beyt).

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Brill
ISBN: 9789004252677
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:45

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