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  Turath Theory of Arab Music by Ali Jihad Racy Maqam
Arab music covers a vast geographical area ranging from the Atlas Mountains and parts of the Sahara in Africa to the Arabian Gulf region and the banks of the Euphrates.
Music, or al-musiqa, a term that came from the Greek, emerged as a speculative discipline and as one of al-ulum al-riyadiyyah, or "the mathematical sciences," which paralleled the Quatrivium (arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy) in the Latin West.
The third major process affecting Arab music was the contact between the Islamic Near East and Europe at the time of the Crusades in the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries and during the Islamic occupation of Spain (713-1492.) This contact had a widespread impact on both Islamic and European traditions.
www.turath.org /ProfilesMenu.htm   (3788 words)

  Encyclopedia: Arab music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Arab music is the music of Arabic-speaking people or countries, especially those centered around the Arabian Peninsula.The world of Arab music has long been dominated by Cairo, a cultural center, though musical innovation and regional styles abound from Morocco to Saudi Arabia.
A musical mentality that is responsible for the aesthetic homogeneity of the tonal-spatial and rhythmic-temporal structures in Arabian music, whether composed or improvised, instrumental or vocal, secular or sacred.
In Arab music a maqam [sic] (plural maqamat) is, a technique of improvisation that defines the pitches, patterns, and development of a piece of music and which is unique to Arabian art music.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Arab-music   (2522 words)

 Arab music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the 20th century, Egypt was the first in a series of Arab countries to see a sudden emergence of nationalism, as it became independent after 2000 years of foreign rule.
Turkish music was replaced by national music, and Cairo became a center for musical innovation, hosting a 1932 conference of musicians from across the Arab world.
However, Islamic music, including sung Qur'an reading, is structurally equivalent to Arabic secular music, while Christian Arab music is influenced by Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Angilican, Coptic, and Maronite church music.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Arab_music   (1664 words)

 ipedia.com: Arab music Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Arab music Algeria Bahrain Egypt Iraq Islamic Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Libya Morocco Oman Palestine Qatar Saudi Arabia Syria Tunisia UAE Yemen Arab music is characterized by an emphasis on melody and rhy...
Arab music is characterized by an emphasis on melody and rhythm rather than harmony, thus we can see why most Arabic music is homophonic in nature, though there are a few (but significantly increasing) number of pieces which use harmony extensively.
Arab classical music is known for its famed virtuoso singers, who are known for sionging long, melancholy tunes that can last over an hour.
www.ipedia.com /arab_music.html   (677 words)

 Music of Yemen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yemen is a country on the Arabian Peninsula, and the music of Yemen is primarily known abroad for a series of pan-Arab popular stars and the Yemenite Jews who became musical stars in Israel during the 20th century.
Traditional Yemenite music is usually performed in the home, in a window-lined room at the top of the house called a mafraj during a khat chew, in which the performers intake a mild narcotic.
Yemeni folk music has thus become a major part of the Welsh music scene.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Music_of_Yemen   (325 words)

 Fairuz - Musical Instruments
Although the practiced ear can recognize variations of musical style, as it can the dialects of language which distinguish the spoken word from country to country, the sounds remain unmistakably those of the music of one people.
As ancient and traditional as the music itself, the present forms of these instruments evolved primarily in the eighth through tenth centuries, during that creative zenith of classical Islamic civilization known as the Golden Age.
Usually made of earthenware or metal, it is placed either under the left arm or between the legs and struck in the middle for the strong beats and on the edge for the sharp in-between beats.
almashriq.hiof.no /lebanon/700/780/fairuz/legend/instruments.html   (917 words)

 Arab music finds a voice - Haaretz - Israel News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Arab music is fundamentally traditional, and is transmitted orally from one generation to the next.
She turned to all the music teachers and conservatories in the country, and even did something very original: She organized concerts for classical Arab music, which were meant to put Arab music "on the map" as Oren puts it, and to find potential candidates.
But she said that friends who excel in music belittled the value of Arab music; she also described one friend who came to the camp, but didn't succeed in connecting to what was happening there.
www.haaretz.com /hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=324484&contrassID=2&subContrassID=15&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y   (1934 words)

 Encyclopedia: Music of Jordan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Andalusian classical music is a style of classical music found across North Africa, though it evolved out of the music of Andalusia between the 10th and 15th centuries.
MUSIC AT JORDAN HOUSE is a listening room for acoustic music in downtown Lexington, Virginia.
Music at Jordan House is a non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to the presentation and preservation of high quality folk, acoustic, traditional and roots music in an alcohol and smoke-free listening environment.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Music-of-Jordan   (508 words)

 Encyclopedia article on Arab music [EncycloZine]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Template:Arabmusic Arab music is the music of Arabic-speaking people or countries, especially those centered around the Arabian Peninsula.
However, Muslim music, including sung Koran reading, is structurally equivalent to Arabic secular music, while Christian Arab music is influenced by Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Angilican, Coptic, and Maronite church music.
John Zorn is a jazz musician who became a Muslim and has used elements of Arab music in his work.
encyclozine.com /Arab_music   (1692 words)

 Music of Syria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Syria's capital and largest city, Damascus, has long been one of the Arab world's centers for cultural and artistic innovation, especially in the field of classical Arab music.
The city of Aleppo is known for its muwashshah, a form of Andalous sung poetry popularized by Sabri Moudallal, as well as popular stars like Sabah Fakhri.
Dabka and other forms of dance music are also popular.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Music_of_Syria   (224 words)

 Arabic Classical Music
Arabic music is among the most difficult topics to discuss here, primarily due to the large number of countries and musical styles which the term nominally covers.
Classical Arab music was defined by theorists during the classical age of the Arab Empire, and that definition continues to play a role today.
I have made a separate listing for the music of Yemen, a more conservative tradition which particularly appeals to me. Various older styles have played a role in the development of what eventually became Arab classical music, making the reconstruction of earlier Arab music a burgeoning academic topic, even if results are still rather preliminary.
www.medieval.org /music/world/arabic.html   (701 words)

 Rasmussen Article Dec 97
To compliment the music parties and picnics that were a trademark of immigrant life, people gathered around the Victrola to spend time together listening to the artists of their community.
The musical genres and styles, the texts, the circumstances of each recording, and particularly the life stories of various performers facilitate the construction of an historical ethnography of these Middle Eastern American subcultures and their musical practices and aesthetics.
The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab by Simon Shaheen and Ensemble Axiom 539 865-2.
w3fp.arizona.edu /mesassoc/Bulletin/rasmussen.htm   (2023 words)

 Arab Music Links
Overall, this is a great site to browse for music and to listen to live broadcasts of Arabic stations.
The selection of music is not that large, but this still is an entertaining site.
Fairuz, now in her sixties now, is still one of the most loved singers in the Arab countries.
www.unc.edu /~hani/music.htm   (842 words)

 Music in Egypt - Seven Millennia of Performance
The Arab musical tradition as it is known today developed between the AD 7th and 13th Centuries in the courts of Islam.
An intriguing side-effect of improvisational music forms is the use of notes not actually present in the formal musical scale used by the artist.
The music of the Middle East is now coming full-circle as the modern musicians assimilate elements from many of the musical forms that had their beginnings in Arabic music.
www.touregypt.net /music.htm   (2089 words)

 Solo Improvisation (Taqâsîm) in Arab Music [MESA Bulletin, July 1993]
THE MOST WIDESPREAD Arab music tradition is the urban-based music of the eastern Mediterranean region ranging from Cairo to Beirut, Damascus and Aleppo.
This music consists predominantly of precomposed songs that is, pieces in which a composer has determined the form and content of the music to be performed.
The musical coherence of each section is achieved by the instrumentalist focusing on one melodic idea, usually a specific melodic mode (maqâm; plural, maqâmât) and, commonly, on only one aspect of a maqâm's melodic features.
w3fp.arizona.edu /mesassoc/Bulletin/marcus.htm   (1782 words)

 Arab Strap: Elephant Shoe (2000): Reviews
Arab Strap's depression is as addictive as their expression of it is alluring.
It's some of the most depressing music ever made, and unlike The Cure you can't even dance to it, but that appears to be the point.
What you're left with is Arab Strap bereft of any of their many pretensions, whittling down their art to the small pearls of truth that have underlined their whole career--love, hate, the blurred line between the two.
www.metacritic.com /music/artists/arabstrap/elephantshoe   (468 words)

 Arab Strap: The Red Thread: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Not to disparage their music, as much of it borders on gorgeous, but if the lyrics sucked, no one would give a shit.
Arab Strap, however, leaning heavily on their emotional S&M routine, are bound to run out of tricks sooner than later.
Moffat, or at least the persona he assumes for Arab Strap, is damned to pushing the slippery boulder of emotional self-sabotage up the hill for all eternity like a Scottish Sisyphus, but also, so that we don't have to do it ourselves.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/a/arab-strap/red-thread.shtml   (711 words)

lassical music in the moroccan sense is the Andalusian music of the tenth to fifteenth centuries.
lt is extremely complicated in musical structure, and its lyrics are characterized by the strict use of the Andalusian dialect or classical Arabic and by the construction of verse in the style of classical poetry.
Since independence the Association of Andalusian Music in Casablanca has attempted to preserve examples of this music, collecting and writing down the melodies and words, which have been transmitted largely by ear.
www.focusmm.com /morocco/mo_musmn.htm   (250 words)

 Introduction to Raï Music of Algeria   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Other sources, however, mention elements which are associated with the raï; music of today, such as the "repetitive" musical form, improper forms of expression, women entertaining men, and games of competition, indicating that raï; as a genre goes much further back in history.
Wahrani (Oran music) is associated with the music developed in the city centers of Orania, mainly Oran, from the mid-1930s through the flourishing period of the 1950s.
Another important musician was Mohammed Maghni, one of the few in raï; to have formal musical traïning and practical experience as a keyboard player in the pop group the Students.
menic.utexas.edu /menic/rai   (1405 words)

 The Melhun   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
This absence of the term Melhun in Moroccan musicological literature does not however contradict the existence of this musical form based on a qassida (poem) in which the vocabulary and turn of phrase blend vulgarised classical Arabic and the Moroccan dialect.
The senior of the Melhûn music, Haj Houcine Toulali, died on December 7, 1998 in Meknes at the age of 74, after a long period of illness.
The art of Melhun is narrowly related to Haj Houcine Toulali who has enriched the repertory of this form of musical expression with his unequalled interpretation of more than one hundred "Qassa'id" of " Madh " (praise of the merits of the Prophet) as well as different other topics.
www.mincom.gov.ma /english/gallery/music/melhun.html   (1456 words)

 Arab Music - Part One
Music, or alandshymusiqa, a term that came from the Greek, emerged as a speculative discipline and as one of alandshyulum alandshyriyadiyyah, or "the mathematical sciences," which paralleled the Quatrivium (arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy) in the Latin West.
Lute (from the Arab word "al-'ud") players are among the most common themes of early Abbasid art, as in this Iraqi lusterware bowl of the tenth century.
In Egypt, such musicians included the alatiyyah, literally, "male instrumentalists", and the 'awalim, literally "learned females." According to M. Villoteau, whose extensive description of Egyptian music is part of the accounts prepared by the Napoleonic mission to Egypt, the former groups entertained male audiences, while the latter specialized in performing for female audiences.
trumpet.sdsu.edu /M151/Arab_Music1.html   (2009 words)

 Al Mashriq - Middle East - Music
Ziad is the son of Fairuz and @assi Rahbani, two of the giants of lebanese music in the 20th century.
The Ali Jihad Racy Fellowship for Arab Music Studies at Turath.org
Marcel Khalife The Music of Marcel Khalife and Al Mayadine Ensemble
almashriq.hiof.no /base/music.html   (284 words)

 Palestinian Rap Music
Music is an integral part of culture and it is often used to express ourselves, either by creating it or listening to it.
In the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there has been little in the way of music that describes the history of the Palestinian plight, until now.
One of the most brilliant new artist/activist to take his message to the microphone is the Iron Sheik.
www.adc.org /palestinian_rap_music.htm   (399 words)

 Abdelkader Saadoun - MiddleEastUK.com: Music
Those of us unfamiliar with the music of Rai are missing out on a fast growing phenomenon in North African music that is set to take root in mainland Britain.
It all began in Algeria - the music was born from an original style that combined vocals, flute and derbouka, a traditional Middle Eastern percussion instrument.
However, the Rai of today is a more elaborate carnival of fast and heavy danceable rhythms that are made with both western and Arab musical instruments and typically include the guitar, base and trumpet.
www.middleeastuk.com /culture/music/abdelkader   (627 words)

 Arab music: introduction
The legitimacy of music is much debated in Islam.
Although religious chanting is accepted and even encouraged, there are questions about other forms of music, especially instrumental music.
Music and singing in the light of the Qur'an and Sunnah
www.al-bab.com /arab/music/music.htm   (181 words)

 Ud Web / Oud Web
The Musical Legacies Of Sayyid Makkawi, Munir Bashir and Walid Akel This article, written by Sami Asmar for the Al Jadid magazine in 1998, gives a good introduction to Munir Bashir's life and music.
Arab Music - Part One Scientific analy sis by Ali Jihad Racy, Ph.D. and Jack Logan, Ph.D. The Arabic Music page (Was: The Homepage of that Arabic-Music newsgroup.) Good information and discussions.
Musical Malaysia: Musical Instruments - Gambus In Malaysia the ud is also played, it is called Gambus there.
www.xs4all.nl /~gregors/ud   (3173 words)

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