Pomegranate Concerto for Alto Sax and Five Strings. [Autograph manuscript full score. Drafts. Sketches]. Halim EL-DABH.
Pomegranate Concerto for Alto Sax and Five Strings. [Autograph manuscript full score. Drafts. Sketches]

Pomegranate Concerto for Alto Sax and Five Strings. [Autograph manuscript full score. Drafts. Sketches]

To Greg Banaszak. In Three Continual Movements: 1. Layers over Layers in Ocean's Submarine, 2. Pearls Within, 3. Tones of Copper, Based on an Egyptian Riddle

[ca. 2007].

- A final draft manuscript in full score. 40 pp. Notated in pencil on 12-stave Archives music paper on one side of the leaf only. Folio, 278 x 216 mm. Unbound. Page 30 in photocopy. Together with a photocopy with several pencilled additions.

- Approximately 85 pages of autograph drafts, sketches (for both the full score and solo parts), and textual notes made preliminary to the final draft and including some alternate manuscript material for the work.

Commissioned by the Rocky River Chamber Music Society and performed by the Hausmann String Quartet in a concert entitled Reflections on the River Nile: The Music of Halim El-Dabh on November 19, 2007, sponsored by the Society.

"The Pomegranate Concerto, written by El-Dabh especially for this concert, wails with breathtaking beauty under the mastership of saxophonist Greg Banaszak." Concert review

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 new music scene that included Cage, Varèse, Hovhaness, Cowell, and Glanville-Hicks. 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.

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