In maqam music theory, finalis is the name of the note in a maqam where the mode "rests" (stops).[1] For most maqams, this is also the tonic note.

In Persian traditional music, where the maqam classification has been replaced with the dastgah system, the concept finalist prevails into the definition of dastgah, where it is known as the stop note (Persian: نت ایست‎).[2]


  1. ^ Marcus 1989, p. 438.
  2. ^ Farhat 2004, p. 24.


  • Marcus, Scott Lloyd (1989). Arab Music Theory in the Modern Period. Los Angeles, CA: University of California, Los Agenels.
  • Farhat, Hormoz (2004). The Dastgah Concept in Persian Music. Cambrdige: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521542067.