The Music of the Arabs

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Hal Leonard Corporation, Jan 1, 2003 - Music - 238 pages
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Encompassing a history of over 2000 years, the music of the Arabs is unique. 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.
  

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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
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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.

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