The New Egyptian-Arabic Sufic Art Music for Solo Flute or Oboe
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“Interesting and Challenging”
This is a very interesting publication. Complete with 'suggestions for Performance of Arabic Music by western classical musicians', at first the notation is slightly confusing. However, with a little perseverance the 6 transcriptions of Dagher's music pose a challenging insight into the music of another world. It is all very rewarding.
From the Publisher
A volume of six (approximately 5 minutes each) expressive, fully transcribed compositions by Egyptian violinist/composer Abdo Dagher, master virtuoso in the traditional art of monodic (non-harmonized) Arabic music. The pieces include Layali Zamaan (Nights of the Past), Longa Nahawand, An-Nil (The Nile), Nidaa’ (Call to Prayer), Longa ‘Agam, and Sama’i Kurd Yakaa (10/4 meter). These melodic compositions will give Western classical musicians an understanding of Arabic music, including ornamentation, microtones (sikha), modes (maqamat) and rhythmic patterns (wazn). They may be performed as unique solo recital pieces or in chamber music settings with completely flexible instrumentation, including optional improvised cadenzas (taqasim). Optional percussive rhythmic patterns may be added with Arabic or Western percussion; all versions include both Arabic and Western percussion notation.