Dragons and Floating Lillies[!] for Zheng (Chinese - zither - harp) To Guang Lu. Autograph musical manuscript. Halim EL-DABH.

Dragons and Floating Lillies[!] for Zheng (Chinese - zither - harp) To Guang Lu. Autograph musical manuscript.

Large folio, 356 x 278 mm. 1 page notated in black ink on the recto of a leaf of Judy Green MP-701 music paper. With copyright "1991 by Halim El-Dabh 1577 Chadwick Kent Ohio 44240" in black ink to foot of page and copyright "2008 Halim el-Dabh Music LLC" in blue ink to lower right margin.

"Dragons and Floating Lilies (1991) was composed for Kent State University graduate student Lu Guang, who performed the piece on the zheng. El-Dabh and Lu had spent many evenings discussing Chinese muiscal composition, and El-Dabh had hoped to compose a work that reflected both the essence of the Chinese zheng and the philosophical conversations the two had shared. Lu, a masterful performer on several traditional Chinese instruments and the director of Kent State's Chinese Ensemble, contributed greatly to ensuring that the composition reflected the zheng's musical characteristics with authenticity and integrity." Seachrist: The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh, p. 156.

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 #32119

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