Folio. 2 pp. autograph musical manuscript sketches for a movement of the work (The Shiver; see "2" below) + 3 pp. autograph musical manuscript sketches for the work, all notated in pencil on one side of the leaf only
Together with photocopies with autograph annotations and markings in pencil including additional musical notation for the three movements of the work:
1. The Pendalum[!]. 6 pp. in total, three marked "Pen 1" and three "Pen 2". With copyright "2008 Halim El-Dabh Music LLC" in blue ink to left margin of one leaf.
2. The Shiver. 6 pp. in total, two marked "Sh 1," two marked "Sh 2," and two marked "Sh 3."
3. The Balance. 10 pp. in total, three marked "Bal 1," three marked "Bal 2," three marked "Bal 3" plus one unmarked.
"Global Order for Two Tubas and Egyptian Drum" was composed for two Kent State University undergraduate students, Michael Foster and Robert Munson. Three movements - "The Pendulum" "The Shiver," and "The Balance" - make up the work, which was commissioned by the university's Delta Omicron Honorary Music Fraternity for the dedication of the Elizabeth Ludwig Fennell Green Room in the School of Music. El-Dabh joined Foster and Munson in the work's premiere, playing the derabecca." Seachrist: The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh, p. 161.
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 nation's 'second generation' of contemporary composers." Wikipedia. Item #32113
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