“This book traces the development of Azerbaijani art music from its origins in the Eastern, modal, improvisational tradition known as mugham through its fusion with Western classical, jazz, and world art music. Aida Huseynova places the fascinating and little-known history of music in Azerbaijan against the vivid backdrop of cultural life under Soviet influence, which paradoxically both encouraged and repressed the evolution of national musics and post-Soviet independence.”
“In each chapter Huseynova combines historical context, cultural insights, and musicological analysis to create a study of musical and cultural fusion that is as compelling as it is informative. She rounds off the work with the re-staging of the Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s first mugham opera, played on the world stage with Alim Gasimov and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble—a triumphant testimony to the power of cultural fusion. ”
— Anna Oldfield, Coastal Carolina University
“Music of Azerbaijan: From Mugham to Opera, is wellresearched and thoughtfully structured. The writing is fluent and pleasant to read, and the book achieves its goal of providing a detailed overview of composed music in Azerbaijan in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”
— Slavic Review
“Aida Huseynova’s book Music of Azerbaijan: From Mugham to Opera offers a rare resource for the exploration of Azerbaijani art music of the twentieth century.
“Music of Azerbaijan paves the path for crucial research avenues on Azerbaijani musical culture. ”
— Fontes Artis Musice