The Shrine for percussion ensemble and spoken voice. Autograph musical manuscript. Halim EL-DABH.
The Shrine for percussion ensemble and spoken voice. Autograph musical manuscript.

The Shrine for percussion ensemble and spoken voice. Autograph musical manuscript.

4ff. Folio. Notated on plain paper in black ink on one side of the leaf only. Unsigned and undated.

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- 18 pp. on 14ff. Folio. With both musical notation and dynamic textual notes in pencil with occasional additions in dark fuschia, blue, and black ink. With performance annotations relating to speaking, body movement (including occasional stick figures), percussion, etc., and with reference to instrumentation including bull roarer, metal beater, whistle, bells, Chinese cymbals, wire brush, Peking gong, and tym" sticks

- 22 pp. on 18ff. Folio. Textual notes, primarily in pencil with occasional musical notation, drawings, doodles, etc. + 1 large index card.

Dynamic working manuscripts.

Apparently unrecorded. We have been unable to locate any information on this composition.

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.

"El-Dabh is probably the best known composer of Arabic descent and his works are highly regarded in Egypt, where he is considered the foremost living composer among that nations's 'second generation' of contemporary composers." Wikipedia. Item #31481

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