Ney flute - Iranian musical instrument played in sadness and joy

Ney flute - Iranian musical instrument played in sadness and joy
ID : N-4285 Date : 2019/02/09 - 10:00

(Persia Digest) – Ney is an Iranian wind instrument which has no tenon. It is called “Haftband [seven nodes] ney” because it has six knots and seven nodes with a similar sound made by the human larynx.

Ney is made of a hollow tube and is played by the ney player (Neyzan) who blows in the tube.

This is one of the oldest and most original musical instruments of Iran and has consistently been played during happy and sad occasions. This has made ney an inseparable part of Iranian culture.


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The famous verse by Rumi, the great Iranian poet, which says “Listen to the ney when it complains, telling the tale of separations” was remarkably enough the reason for many people to get acquainted with this musical instrument.

Most ney makers engrave their name at the bottom of the instrument as their signature.


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The player holds the flute in his hands horizontally, places the mouthpiece between his two front teeth, and plays it by blowing in it.

The ney cannot be tuned and is mainly performed solo; however, a professional player can play it in harmony with other instruments.

The most famous pioneers of ney in Iran were Nayeb Assadollah Esfahani, Mehdi Navaei and Hassan Kasaei. Presently, Hassan Nahid and Jamshid Andelibi are the most well-known ney players of the country.

Ney flute playing of Master Mohammad Mousavibakhsh

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