Musical and socio-cultural anecdotes from Kitab al-aghani al-kabir : annotated translations and commentaries
- by George Dimitri Sawa.
- Leiden : Brill, 
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- xii, 465 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
- Islamic history and civilization ; v. 159.
- Sawa, George, 1947-
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-428) and indexes.
- Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Editorial Notes
- Introduction: Abu l-Faraj al-Isfahani and His Book of Songs
- 1 Theory The Modes A The Eight Rhythmic Modes B The Eight Melodic Modes C The Three Passages on Rhythmic and Melodic Modes in the Book of Songs D Jins and Tariqa E Rare Songs Containing Eight or Ten Notes F Early Singing: Huda', Nasb, and Rukban G Technical Terms H Theoretical Treatises, Anecdotes, Biographies, Song Collections, Authorship, Modes
- 2 Instruments A Aerophones: Mizmar, Nay, and Surnay B Idiophones: 'Asat, Dawat, Jaras, Juljul, Khashaba, Miqra'a, Naqus, Qadib, Qarbus, Rahl, Saffaqa, Sanj C Membranophones: 'Artaba, Duff, Murabba', Tabl D Chordophones: Barbat, Kankala, Mi'zafa, Mizhar, Sanj, Tunbur, 'ud E Storage and Workshop for Instrument Making F Improvised Instruments
- 3 Composition A The Use of Music to Embellish and Spread Poetry B The Origins of Arabic Music C Technique and Process of Composition D Dreams and Jinns as Sources for Compositions E Contrafacta F Style and the Imitation of Style G Composition: Talent Versus Intellect, Head Versus Heart H Specialization I Analysis J Authorship K Poems, Composers, and Modes L The Number of Lines of Poems Set to Music M Choosing and Altering the Order of the Verses and Mixing Poems N Names of Melodies O Output P Quality Versus Quantity Q Poems Conducive to Be Set to Music R The Best Composers and Compositions S Comparisons T Weak Compositions U Women's Compositions and Softness V Folklore Songs: Sailors, Masons, and Water Carriers W Monopolies on Poems
- 4 Education and Transmission A General Education B Pedigree C Music Education D The Important Role of Women as Teachers, Transmitters, and Memorizers E Memory Loss F Learning and Repetitions, Slow Learners and Fast Learners G Problems of Difficulty and Transmission H Prevention of Transmission and Stinginess I Good and Bad Transmitters J Unconventional Transmissions K Miscellaneous
- 5 Performance A Singers and Songstresses B To Sing: Qala, Qara'a, Haddatha C Voice Production D Beautiful Voice E Powerful Voice F Poor Voices G Stratagem for Poor Voices H Excellence in Performance I Poor Performance and Weaknesses J Postures K Difficult Songs L Comparisons M The Limitations of Descriptions O Size of Repertoire P Lute Playing in the Persian Style Q Lute Virtuosity R Inheriting a Family Business S Performance Order T The Composition of the Majlis and Its Effect on Performance U Songs without Words
- 6 Solos, Accompaniment, and Ensemble Music A Murtajil: A Cappella B Instrumental Solos C Unaccompanied Duet Singing D Unison Ensemble Singing E Unison Ensemble Singing with Lute Accompaniment F A Soloist and Her Chorus G Hand Clapping, Castanets, and Dancing H Tambourines I Tabl J Lute K Tunbur L Voice and Nay M Murtajil and Irtijal
- 7 Musical Stability and Change A On the Inevitability of Change B Change Is Permissible C Change Is Frowned Upon D Wine and Its Positive and Negative Effects on Singing E The Truth about the Singer Malik Not Composing but Altering and Beautifying the Songs of Others F Change as a Tool to Embarrass an Enemy
- 8 Musical and Textual Improvisations
- 9 Tarab and the Effects of Singing on People and Animals A Preliminary Definitions B Physical Effects on People and Animals C Emotional Effects D Effects on the Imagination E Therapeutic Effects F Tarab and Effects of Music: Miscellaneous Topics
- 10 Dance A Zafn and Raqs B Early Arabic Music and Dance According to Ibn Khaldun C Dastband and Ila' D Kurraj E Raqs and the Completion of Musical Arts F The Required Qualities of Dancers According to the Oration of an Anonymous Singer/Boon Companion of the Caliph Al-Mu'tamid, as Reported in the Meadows of Gold of Al-Mas'udi
- 11 Physiognomy, Attire, Character, Social Status, and Permissibility of Music A The Importance of a Beautiful Face, Body, and Attire B Character and Knowledge C Slaves, Freed Slaves, Mawlas, and Freeman D Is It a Sin to Sing? E It Is Not a Sin to Sing If the Singer Is Pious and Endowed with Good Character, or If the Songs Are Not Erotic F The Contradictory and Ambiguous Roles of Noblemen, Theologians, and Administrators Toward Music and Musicians G The Shame of Being an Instrumentalist H Words of Wisdom in Support of Music
- Arabic English Glossary Bibliography Index of People and Places Index of Terms and Subjects Charts.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This volume contains annotated translations of anecdotes, on musicological and socio-cultural topics, from al-Isbahani's The Grand Book of Songs. Includes music theory and treatises; instruments; composition techniques; education and transmission; vocal and instrumental performances; solo and ensemble music; improvisations; emotions; dances; social status.
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- Islamic history and civilization : studies and texts, 0929-2403 ; Volume 159
- 9789004383623 ((hardback) : alk. paper)
- 900438362X ((hardback) : alk. paper)
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