The Music of the Arabs

The Music of the Arabs

Book - 1996
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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.

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Composer and musicologist Touma provides an overview of Arabic music through history to contemporary production, and elucidates typical musical structures for secular and sacred, instrumental and vocal, improvised and composed music. He also explains the unique modal system and improvisation style. Includes a glossary, a guide to pronouncing the transliterated alphabet, and a discography. A seven-song, 75-minute companion CD is available for $15.98. First published in German in 1989 and previously translated into French and Italian. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, c1996
Edition: New expanded ed
ISBN: 9780931340888
Characteristics: xxi, 238 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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