The music of the Arabs / Habib Hassan Touma ; translated by Laurie Schwartz.

Author
Other titles
  • Musik der Araber. English
Edition
  • New expanded edition.
Published
  • Portland, Oregon : Amadeus Press ©1996
Physical description
xxi, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
  • 0931340888
  • 9780931340888
  • 1574670816
  • 9781574670813
Notes
  • Accompanying CD features seven traditional Arabic pieces performed by contemporary Arab musicians.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-221) and index.
  • Accompanying CD compiled by Habib Hassan Touma.
  • Performed by: Selections on accompanying CD performed by various artists.
  • See also accompanying CD
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Boulder, Colo. : NetLibrary, 2000. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to NetLibrary affiliated libraries.
  • Translation of: Musik der Araber.
Contents
  • Transliteration and pronunciation of the Arabic alphabet -- Arab musical life throughout history -- Music theory and the Arabian tone system -- The Maqam phenomenon -- The rhythmic-temporal dimension: Wazn -- Genres of secular art music -- The musical instruments -- Musician and composer and the problem of cultural identity -- Religious music -- Recent publications on Arabian music -- Selected discography.
Other names
Related item
Genre
  • Bibliography
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • Illustrated
  • text
Language
  • English
  • German
Notes
  • נושא ישן: Islamic music - history and criticism.
  • נושא ישן: Music - Arab countries - history and criticism.

Summary

  • Encompassing a history for more than two thousand years, the music of the Arabs is unique among the world's various musical cultures. Based on a modal tone system - one of the few autonomous tone systems of our time - Arab music is characterized by the maqam phenomenon, an original type of improvisation that is common to both secular and sacred Arabian art music. Arab countries throughout North Africa and the Middle East share musical forms, rhythms, modes, and techniques. The book presents an overview of the musical life of the Arabs throughout their cultural history and examines the artistic output of musicians involved in performing and nurturing Arabian art music today. Covering secular and sacred, instrumental and vocal, improvised the composed music, the book elucidates the maqam phenomenon and other musical structures typical of Arab music. The author examines traditional musical genres and instruments and discusses the problem of cultural identity facing musicians and composers in Arab society. Written in a clear, unassuming style, and illustrated with numerous transcriptions of maqam scales and rhythmic patterns, the book serves as a useful introduction to Arab music in its cultural context. The book is complete with a detailed bibliography, a discography (mainly covering the last fifty years), and a guide to the Arabic alphabet for English speakers.

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Aga Khan Library, London: Main reading room ML348.T6913 1995
Aga Khan Library, London: Main reading room ML348.T6913 1995
Aga Khan Library, London: Main reading room ML348.T6913 1995 CD
Bangor University Library: Music Book ML348 .T6913 1996
Birmingham City University: Curzon Library 781.62927 Tou TWO WEEK LOAN
University of Birmingham Libraries: Main Library, Collection ML345.A7
University of Bristol Libraries: Arts & Social Sciences Library ML3758.A783 TOU 7 day loan: vacation loan
British Library: General Reference Collection, St Pancras Reading Rooms EMC.2005.a.343
British Library: Lending Collection Vm04/50409
British Library: Lending Collection 97/24814
University of Cambridge Libraries: Pendlebury Library of Music: Main Library Pb.552.19B.T1
University of Cambridge Libraries: University Library: South Front, Floor 1 (incl. Corridor) M551.c.95.105
University of Cambridge Libraries: Gonville and Caius College Library: Upper Library 781.62927 T
City, University of London: Northampton Square -- 7 day loan 780.89927 TOU
City, University of London: Northampton Square -- 7 day loan 780.89927 TOU
City, University of London: Northampton Square -- 7 day loan 780.89927 TOU
City, University of London: Northampton Square -- 7 day loan 780.89927 TOU
Coventry University: Floor 2 780.953 TOU
Durham University Library: Bill Bryson Library, Level 3 780.89927 TOU
University of East Anglia Library: Main Library: Rolling stack main shelves - Floor 02 extension ML348 TOU
University of Edinburgh Libraries: Main Library (STANDARD LOAN) - 2nd floor ML348 Tou.
University of Edinburgh Libraries Online location Full text available online via netLibrary (restricted access)
University of Edinburgh Libraries Online location More information about using netLibrary
University of Edinburgh Libraries Online location Access available for 1 user
University of Exeter Library: Forum Library 781.756 TOU
University of Leeds Library: Laidlaw Library, level 2 Music K-10.544 TOU
University of Leeds Library: Brotherton Library, West floor 2 Music K-10.544 TOU
London Metropolitan University Library: Aldgate Library 780.89927 TOU
University of Oxford Libraries: Bodleian Library M97.E09153
University of Oxford Libraries: Music Faculty Library CDs accompanying books - please ask at library counter
University of Oxford Libraries: Music Faculty Library: First Floor ML348 TOU 1996
University of Oxford Libraries: Somerville College Library 780.29 5
Royal College of Music Library: Royal College of Music Library, Shelves 780.89927
Royal Holloway, University of London: Royal Holloway library Davison High Use One Week 780.956 TOU
University of Salford: Clifford Whitworth Library 781.62927 TOU
University of Salford: Clifford Whitworth Library 781.62927 TOU
University of Sheffield Library: Information Commons Main sequence 780.89927 (T)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: On shelf 788.956 TOU
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: On shelf 788.956 TOU
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: On shelf 788.956 TOU

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