The qanun is a horizontal zither made from wood, with metal strings arranged in parallel rows.


The qanun is played by plucking the strings withh a plectrum.


In The Phoenix of Persia, the sound of the qanun represents Prince Zal.

What other string instruments do pupils know that are plucked? And with a plectrum?


Meet qanun player Nilufar Habibian



Listen to the qanun. Notice the sounds of the baby chicks in the Simorgh nest at the beginning of the track

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The Phoenix of Persia project was made possible through generous funding from City, University of London, Iran Heritage Foundation and Arts Council England.