Longa (Middle Eastern music)

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A longa (Arabic: لونجا‎‎) is a Turkish / Eastern European dance, that was later introduced into Arabic music and is often performed at the end of a muwashshah.

It generally uses an iqa' equivalent to 2/4, with several sections called khanat (singular khana), each followed by a taslim (refrain). The last khana is generally in 3/4.

A common form of longa is longa Riad in Nahawand scale (لونجا نهاوند) which is composed by Riad el-Sonbaty in the maqam Nahawand.

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