Large folio (355 x 278 mm.). Unbound. 25 pp. Notated in pencil on 20-stave "Judy Green" music paper, rectos only. 1f. (title including description of extensive percussion forces and performance instructions). With "To Middfest Ten Nations Celebration" to head of first page of music. With occasional evidence of re-writings and/or corrections including additions in blue pencil.
4 pp. of autograph musical sketches and a 3-page textual draft of a poem entitled "Harmonies of the Spheres;" a typescript copy of the final text; and two photocopies of the poem, all with some annotations in pencil.
An Egyptian-born American composer, performer, ethnomusicologist, and educator, El-Dabh came to the United States in 1950, becoming a part of the New York music scene that included Cage, Varèse, and Hovhaness. He went on to study composition with Krenek, Copland, Dallapiccola, and others.
"El-Dabh’s compositional style is influenced by Egyptian folk and traditional music. Frequently monodic, his works feature complex rhythms and much use of percussion. His career was launched in 1949 with a highly acclaimed performance of It is Dark and Damp on the Front (1948) at All Saints Cathedral, Cairo. In 1950 he made his début as a solo drummer, under the direction of Stokowski, in the first performance of Tahmeela. Other works include Clytemnestra (1958), One More Gaudy Night (1961), A Look at Lightning (1962) and Lucifer (1975), commissioned by Martha Graham; Sound and Light of the Pyramids of Giza (1960), written for the Cultural Ministry of the Egyptian Government and performed daily at the pyramids; and New Pharaoh’s Suite, written for the Cleveland Museum of Art to accompany a visiting Ethiopian exhibit from the Louvre (1996). Spectrum no.1 ‘Symphonies in Sonic Vibration’ (1955) and Leiyla and the Poet (1959) have been recorded." Denise A. Seachrist in Grove Music Online.
An early pioneer of electronic music, El-Dabh composed one of the earliest known works of tape music, or "musique concrète," in 1944, The Expression of Zaar. He also scored four ballets for Martha Graham: Clytemnestra (1958), One More Gaudy Night (1961), A Look at Lightning (1962), and Lucifer (1975).
Harmonies of the Spheres: 10 Nations Rejoice was commissioned for the Middfest International Celebration in Middletown, Ohio. Item #29512
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