Ramesses the Great. Symphony No. 9. Autograph musical manuscript full score and associated material. Halim EL-DABH.
Ramesses the Great. Symphony No. 9. Autograph musical manuscript full score and associated material
Ramesses the Great. Symphony No. 9. Autograph musical manuscript full score and associated material
Ramesses the Great. Symphony No. 9. Autograph musical manuscript full score and associated material
Ramesses the Great. Symphony No. 9. Autograph musical manuscript full score and associated material
Ramesses the Great. Symphony No. 9. Autograph musical manuscript full score and associated material

Ramesses the Great. Symphony No. 9. Autograph musical manuscript full score and associated material

- Autograph musical manuscript. Full score. Large folio, 355 x 280 mm. 90 pp. In black ink on "No. DB 20 - 20 Stave King Brand" and "Judy Green Music" 20-stave onionskin. With titling "Ramesses the Great - Symphony No. 9" and dedication "To the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Alan Balter To the Twin Cities: Memphis Egypt and Memphis, Tennessee And To My Brother Bushra" to first page of music, with copyright date 1987 "by Halim El-Dabh" and "International Copyright assigned To C.F. Peters muisic publishers 373 Park Av. S. New York, N.Y. 10016" in ink to foot. Signed at conclusion. With markings in blue pencil.

Together with:
- Autograph musical manuscript sketches, mostly in short score, in various formats. Full score. Large folio. Ca. 50 pp. In ink and pencil. Together with associated notes and programs. Three pages in photocopy.

- Photographic copy of the full score. Large folio. With the name of the conductor of the first performance (Alan Balter) in ink to upper outer corner of front free endpaper and performance markings in red, blue, and green pencil, most likely in Balter's hand.

- Complete set of performance parts in the hand of a professional copyist.

Commissioned by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and first performed by that orchestra on May 1, 1987 with Alan Balter conducting, Ramesses the Great was written in celebration of the assocation of sister cities Memphis, Egypt and Memphis, Tennessee.

"This is not my Ninth Symphony. I use the Number Nine symbolically in reference to the nine life energies that helped Ramesses the Great. The nine life energies are all born out of Ra the Sun-Force." El-Dabh's notes accompanying the manuscript.

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 #31697

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