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The buzuq (Arabic: بزق‎; also transliterated bozuq, bouzouk, buzuk etc.) is a long-necked fretted lute related to the Greek bouzouki and Turkish saz. It is an essential instrument in the Rahbani repertoire, but it is not classified among the classical instruments of Arab or Turkish music. However, this instrument may be looked upon as a larger and deeper-toned relative of the saz, to which it could be compared in the same way as the viola to the violin in Western music. Before the Rahbanis popularized the use of this instrument, the buzuq had been associated with the music of Lebanon and Syria.

Unlike the short-necked unfretted oud, the buzuq has a longer neck, smaller body and frets tied to the neck, which can be moved to produce the microtonal intervals used in the many maqamat (musical modes). Typically, it is furnished with two courses of metal strings which are played with a plectrum, offering a metallic yet lyrical resonance. Some instruments have three courses and up to seven strings total.

The name of the instrument may come from Turkish bozuk (broken or disorderly), it refers to Bozuk düzen bağlama, a tuning of Turkish baglama. Another theory on the origin of the name is that it comes from the Persian expression tanbur e bozorg, meaning a large tanbur style lute.

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The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:15:00 -0700

The emphasis the work places on her comes at the expense of the more exciting musical performances of Kobeissi (who bows the buzuq as if it were a cello) and Hout (on a variety of frame drums), which is indispensable for interpreting the major theme of ...

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Asian Image
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:13:10 -0700

On Friday 17 April, Tamer Abu Gazaleh, composer of alternative Arabic music, brings his unique brand of oud, buzuq, and vocal performance to the Kazimier. LAAF are offering buyers of the first 100 tickets to paid events a complimentary ticket to LAAF ...
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0700

Racy is a master of traditional Middle Eastern instruments such as the 'ud (a lute), the nay (a reed flute) and the buzuq (a fretted lute). He has composed for and has performed with the Kronos Quartet and the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, as well as ...
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Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:37:30 -0800

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The U.N.'s World Food Program (WFP) is so strapped for funds that it has no choice but to soon cut its nutrition aid to millions of needy Syrians by 40 percent, Reuters reported. Nearly 6 million Syrians affected by the country's civil war rely on WFP ...
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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:26:15 -0700

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Voice of America

Voice of America
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:16:57 -0700

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