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An Arabic Musical and Socio-Cultural Glossary of Kitab al-Aghani.


An Arabic Musical and Socio-Cultural Glossary of Kitab al-Aghani

George Dimitri Sawa



562 pages



Islamic History and Civilization: Studies and Texts; Volume 110


Sawa presents a comprehensive lexicographical study of the Umayyad and early Arabic musical theory and musical practices, including melodic and rhythmic modes, instrumentation, musical forms, the early criticism of music performance and composition, and the reported emotional effects of Arabic music. Following a brief introduction in English, the main body of the text is printed in Arabic. George Dimitri Sawa is an independent scholar and former faculty member of the University of Toronto and York University, Canada.

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