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date: 31 March 2020

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This article addresses a particular practice in Persian art music. Although Persian art music rests on a complex and highly detailed theoretical system, actual musical instruction practices avoid reference to this system, favoring aural transmission of the tradition's repertoire, which is learned exclusively by repetition and memorization within an apprentice system. The discussion examines the importance of these methods within this musical tradition, with particular attention to its concern for developing performative freedom and fluency grounded in intuitive awareness of deep structure. It concludes with an analysis of what this implies about the concepts used in philosophical analysis when they are applied across different musical traditions.

Keywords: Persian art music, music apprentice system, aural transmission, performative freedom, philosophical analysis

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