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Musical and Socio-Cultural Anecdotes from Kitab al-Aghani al-Kabir: Annotated Translations and Commentaries.

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Musical and Socio-Cultural Anecdotes from Kitab al-Aghani al-Kabir: Annotated Translations and Commentaries

Edited by George Dimitri Sawa

BRILL

2019

465 pages

$179.00

Hardcover

Islamic History and Civilization: Studies and Texts; Volume 159

ML189

Sawa translates anecdotes on musicological and socio-cultural topics from Abu l-Faraj al-Isfahani's Kitab al-Aghani l-kabir (The Grand Book of Songs) with annotations and commentaries. In 10,000 pages of medieval Arabic, he says, the Book of Songs is a gold mine of information about poets and musicians from the early Islamic era down to the beginning of the fourth/tenth century in cultural centers such as Medina, Mecca, Damascus, and Baghdad. The topical chapters include theory, instruments, education and transmission, musical stability and change, tarab and the effects of singing on people and animals, and dance. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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