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Samuel R. Hazo b. He is also a teacher, having spent some part of his career teaching every grade level from kindergarten through college. He was educated at Duquesne University, and now works primarily as a composer. He provides his own program notes in the score:. Much the same as in jazz improvisation, the soloist is to play freely in the scales and modes of the genre. In this case, the flute plays in bi-tonal harmonic minor scales, and even bends one note to capture the micro-tonality quarter-tones of the music from this part of the world.
However, opposite to jazz, taqasim has very little change to the chordal or bass line accompaniment. It is almost always at the entrance to a piece of music and is meant to set the musical and emotional tone. The second section, a dabka, is a traditional Arabic line dance performed at celebrations, most often at weddings. Its drum beat, played by a dumbek or durbake hand drum is unmistakable.
Even though rhythmically simple, it is infectious in its ability to capture the toe-tapping attention of the listener. The final section, the chorale, is a recapitulation of previous mystical themes in the composition, interwoven with a grandeur of a sparkling ending. The Indiana Bandmasters Association asked for a piece that was unique. Plus, my mom asked if I was ever going to write one. Next, a montage of various Lebanese dabkas done in Canada, with decidedly more contemporary music that still adheres to the same principals:.
See more about Sam Hazo at his website. Learn more about Arab music and dancing at these sites: Wikipedia on dabke and taqasim. Dabke on a dance history blog. Dabke on Arab America. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Arabesque - Flute 1
From delicate and sensual soloistic writing to full-blown ensemble passages with rapid fire tutti rhythms and frenzied percussion, here is a rewarding piece with drama and depth that will be the high point of any concert or festival program. Music Works Grade 5. Commissioned for the th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede Showband of Calgary, Alberta, Samuel Hazo has created a stunning and inspired work for mature players. Olympiada was written in rescored in to capture the human conditions of intense glory and pain that only the Olympic Games can inspire, while musically tying themes with a historic Greek feel to modern harmonies and melodies.
Arabesque by Samuel R. Hazo
Hal Leonard Arabesque Concert Band Level 5 Composed by Samuel R. Hazo