The Music of the Arabs

Front Cover
Hal Leonard Corporation, Jan 1, 2003 - Music - 238 pages
0 Reviews
(Amadeus). Encompassing a history of more than 2000 years, the music of the Arabs is unique among the world's various musical cultures. This book presents an overview of Arabic music throughout history and examines the artistic output of contemporary musicians, covering secular and sacred, instrumental and vocal, improvised and composed music. Typical musical structures are elucidated, and a detailed bibliography, a discography (mainly covering the last 50 years) and a guide to the Arabic alphabet for English speakers are also provided. The paperback edition (00331635) includes a CD of seven traditional Arabic pieces performed by contemporary Arab musicians.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

The music of the Arabs

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

This comprehensive book on Arabic music by a composer and musicologist now living in Germany is part technical treatise, with many musical examples; part history; and about half cultural description ... Read full review

Contents

Arab Musical Life Throughout History
1
Music Theory and the Arabian Tone System
17
The Maqām Phenomenon
38
Wazn
46
Genres of Secular Art Music
55
The Musical Instruments
109
Musician and Composer and the Problem of Cultural Identity
142
Religious Music
152
Recent Publications on Arabian Music
168
Selected Discography
189
Glossary
197
Bibliography
213
Compact Disk Contents
222
Index
223
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2003)

Habib Hassan Touma, the late composer and musicologist, compiled a number of authoritative books on Arabic music in his lifetime. Originally published in Germany in 1989, The Music of the Arabs from Amadeus Press is the first English translation of the book, joining French and Italian editions. Dr. Touma died in 1998.

Bibliographic information