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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #40 on: October 03, 2020, 04:38:48 PM »

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #41 on: October 04, 2020, 06:51:18 AM »
Sounds great and totally professional. I would love to hear the entire work! Any plan to upload it on YT?

Thanks!  I'm not to pleased with the piece or the performance to glad to hear it might just be my being overly critical. 

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #43 on: October 05, 2020, 06:34:07 AM »
Egyptian Overture by Omar Khairat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAHQB2nUp5U

This is a hybrid of Egyptian and western music. Maybe Egyptian 40% and western 60%. The composition is sophisticated and impressive. It has a nice atmosphere.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #44 on: October 05, 2020, 06:37:28 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd21-5UeaSY

I think the violinist is the composer as well. Fine composition and it is well-structured. I like the rhythmic foundation as well. Sounds very exotic. The Lebanese orchestra is a very good orchestra.

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« Reply #45 on: October 05, 2020, 06:42:31 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3glhENdUI8o

 I like this composition, Wedding-Kian Azmeh, a lot. While the music is Arabic, the composition is very advanced. The harmony proceeds based on a new system, rather than 4th or 5th. The melody and orchestration are tasteful and elegant. If there is any studio recording, I would like to purchase it.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #47 on: October 06, 2020, 09:22:59 AM »
Hassan by Delius. A wonderful work. It consists of incidental music to the eponymous play by J. E. Flecker.

Yes it is vivacious, picturesque music. Very good composition.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #48 on: October 06, 2020, 09:24:50 AM »
Perhaps Joel Bons, Nomaden:



https://bis.se/performers/queyras-jean-guihen/joel-bons-nomaden

Some movements are very progressive and some are traditional. It is a unique mix.  I enjoyed the music a lot.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #50 on: October 07, 2020, 08:19:58 AM »
Sorry mate, I missed your post!  Here is one of my more ominous cues with a wonderful oudist (?).
https://clyp.it/1pexac0k
That was beautiful!  Very haunting.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #52 on: October 11, 2020, 09:53:23 AM »
Ifukube was known mainly as film composer.However here he choose "arabic" subject
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlooqVm72qc

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #53 on: October 12, 2020, 07:51:19 AM »
A westernized piece
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1u5VP884GU

Yes, it is based on western scales. The music sounds very good though. The composition is well-built and atmospheric. I imagine the composer is conducting the piece.
 

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #54 on: October 12, 2020, 07:52:48 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0Q2S5b7cVk

Very good and colorful composition. I like the vocal, chorus and rhythm.  The entire music is sumptuous.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #55 on: October 12, 2020, 07:54:18 AM »
Ifukube was known mainly as film composer.However here he choose "arabic" subject
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlooqVm72qc

I know Ifukube’s works a little bit but not this work. It is a memorable, nice composition. Still it sounds like a movie music, ha ha.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #56 on: October 12, 2020, 11:58:02 AM »
I know Ifukube’s works a little bit but not this work. It is a memorable, nice composition. Still it sounds like a movie music, ha ha.

Indeed, very nice. Ifukube is mainly known as the composer of the music for many Godzilla films.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #57 on: October 12, 2020, 01:08:25 PM »
Indeed, very nice. Ifukube is mainly known as the composer of the music for many Godzilla films.

Yes, he made some good music for Godzilla. Godzilla was anti-thsesis, and/or implicit criticism, to the post-WW2 industrialization and economic recovery in Japan.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #59 on: October 12, 2020, 04:32:23 PM »
It's the 10 year anniversary of the premiere of my Arabian themed concert piece, "Ancient Dreams"!  I learned so much through the experience of composing and performing in this performance.  It was an 18 minute tone poem for orchestra.  The recording of the concert premiere was if I recall just stereo microphones with a high end preamp.  I also recall that I had microphones at the back of the hall which I mixed in for reverb because the acoustics were nice.

Here is an except:

https://clyp.it/atz2sy3i

 
Some things I learned:

1. If you perform in the premiere of your own composition, you might want to make your part easier to play because you are extremely distracted on everyone else's parts/mistakes and end up screwing up the very part you wrote for you!
2. It's not as bad as you remember it was.
3. I would do it very differently today but it's not worth changing it.  It's part of your record.
4. Be very careful of the dynamics you give to the glockenspiel.  They smashed the hell out of the part and were constantly way too loud resulting in me always under playing them afterwords.  I HATE how loud they played!
5. It's very important to understand the words of John Adams who said in his blog "Do not be surprised if at the first rehearsal of your music you don't recognize the work as being your own piece".  Very, very true.  A composer needs to have an out of body experience for the first few rehearsals because it sounds nothing like what you spent the past year writing!  Eventually it will surprise you and coalesce. With a great orchestra, it will surprise you!  You'll hear things you never imagined!