(Divan) - Bağlama

(Divan) - Bağlama

The bağlama or saz is a family of plucked string instruments, long-necked lutes used in Ottoman classical music, Turkish folk music, Turkish Arabesque music, Azerbaijani music, Bosnian music (Sevdalinka), Kurdish music, Armenian music. It is played in several regions in the world such as Europe, Asia, Black Sea, Caucasus regions and many countries including Syria, Iraq, Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bağlama (Turkish: bağlama) is Turkish from bağlamak, “to tie”. It is pronounced [baːɫaˈma]. Saz (Persian) means “to make; to compose” in Persian.

According to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, “the terms ‘bağlama’ and ‘saz’ are used somewhat interchangeably in Turkey. also generally used  to refer single or group of musical instruments like (wind insruments).

Like the Western lute and the Middle-Eastern oud, it has a deep round back, but a much longer neck.

 The Turkish settlement of Anatolia from the late eleventh century onward saw the introduction of a two-string Iranian dutar that Turkmen people adopted which in turn was played in some areas of Turkey until recent times.