Folio, 355 x 278 mm. Unbound. 44 pp. Notated in pencil on Judy Green MP-711 20-stave music paper on one side of the leaf only.
Sketches and preliminary drafts of the work, both for solo instruments and orchestra. Ca. 120 pp. On 12- and 20-stave music paper on one side of the leaf only. Dated 2006-2007 and variously signed.
A draft of a letter to the dedicatee, American cellist Karen Patterson, who performed the solo part of the concerto with the Dayton Philharmonic in 2007.
Commissioned by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.
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. Item #32124
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