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Music with Arabic theme/scale
« on: September 15, 2020, 05:34:01 AM »
Any good music/recording with Arabic, or Middle-eastern, theme/scale?
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Re: Music with Arabic theme
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2020, 06:34:17 AM »
Persian rather than Arabic, so feel free to disregard, but Reza Vali is a pretty interesting composer who requires all sorts of new tunings of his performers.

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2020, 06:46:42 AM »
Persian rather than Arabic, so feel free to disregard, but Reza Vali is a pretty interesting composer who requires all sorts of new tunings of his performers.

Great info! I will check it out. I was thinking about a term “muslim” because I didn’t want to preclude Persian (or Turkish) influences, but ended up using the term Arabic.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2020, 06:56:56 AM »
Phrygian dominant?

Persian rather than Arabic, so feel free to disregard, but Reza Vali is a pretty interesting composer who requires all sorts of new tunings of his performers.

I have the Reza Vali CD on Naxos, but of course Amazon doesn't have cover picture!  >:D
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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2020, 05:38:23 AM »
Resphighi Belkis, Queen of Sheba.
Saint Saens Bacchanale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbkCfxnoY4A

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2020, 05:55:25 AM »
Great info! I will check it out. I was thinking about a term “muslim” because I didn’t want to preclude Persian (or Turkish) influences, but ended up using the term Arabic.
Turkish - definitely Fazil Say. He has composed a lot of solo piano works for himself but probably the best or easiest starting point is his violin concerto "1001 Nights in the Harem" which is built around folk drumming and (in the third movement) a Turkish melody which dates back to the 1700s. In the 1900s the tune was set with a love poem that family lore claims was about one of my great-great-uncles (it's about a girl who goes to a government office and falls for a cute bureaucrat) (not joking), and then badly translated and turned into an Eartha Kitt single.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2020, 08:30:54 AM »
Resphighi Belkis, Queen of Sheba.
Saint Saens Bacchanale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbkCfxnoY4A

The both, especially Respighi, sound great and aesthetic. Thank you!

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Re: Music with Arabic theme/scale
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2020, 08:34:34 AM »
Turkish - definitely Fazil Say. He has composed a lot of solo piano works for himself but probably the best or easiest starting point is his violin concerto "1001 Nights in the Harem" which is built around folk drumming and (in the third movement) a Turkish melody which dates back to the 1700s. In the 1900s the tune was set with a love poem that family lore claims was about one of my great-great-uncles (it's about a girl who goes to a government office and falls for a cute bureaucrat) (not joking), and then badly translated and turned into an Eartha Kitt single.

I checked the V Concerto, Mesopotamia Symphony and a few piano pieces. They all are wonderful. I noticed that he released several albums, including the 1001, from Naive label. A few members and I discussed about the label a few weeks ago. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Music with Arabic theme
« Reply #10 on: Today at 04:01:18 AM »
I have the Reza Vali CD on Naxos, but of course Amazon doesn't have cover picture!  >:D

I revisited this disc and I have to say I don't like it much. With headphones the spatiality is really ugly. With speakers the soundstage is "airy", but the music itself isn't my cup of tea. I also find the recording too dynamic. Half of the time the sound is too quiet and half of the time it's too loud.  :-X
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Re: Music with Arabic theme
« Reply #11 on: Today at 08:09:55 AM »
I revisited this disc and I have to say I don't like it much. With headphones the spatiality is really ugly. With speakers the soundstage is "airy", but the music itself isn't my cup of tea. I also find the recording too dynamic. Half of the time the sound is too quiet and half of the time it's too loud.  :-X

I like this album.