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Music of the Arabsby Habib Hassan Touma
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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.
Book News Annotation:
The late composer and musicologist Touma explores the traditional secular and sacred art music of the Arab peoples. He summarizes the musical life of Arabs throughout their cultural history, and surveys the artistic production of musicians performing the music today. The 1996 cloth edition was a translation by Laurie Schwarts of the 1989 German Musik der Araber. The disk, included with this edition, contains seven traditional pieces. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -221) and index.
Includes an audio CD of seven traditional Arabic pieces performed by contemporary Arab musicians (75 minutes).
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