- Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies (Book 17)
- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Edition Unstated edition (May 20, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780521316859
- ISBN-13: 978-0521316859
- ASIN: 0521316855
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab (Cambridge Middle East Studies) Edition Unstated Edition
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"A.J. Racy is perhaps the most important and well known scholar of Arab music and culture, and his book "Music Making in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab" is required reading not only for scholars of the Middle East and ARab world but also for musicians and scholars interested in the juncture between musical ideology and experience...provides great insight not only into what people think about music but also into the life experience of this scholar, teacher, and musician." --Anne K. Rasmussen, The College of William and Mary: Ethnomusicology
A. J. Racy is well known as a scholar of ethnomusicology. In this pioneering book, he provides an intimate portrayal of the Arab musical experience. The focus is tarab, a multifaceted concept which refers to indigenous music and the ecstasy associated with it. This is the first book of its kind.
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Still, this is a thorough analysis of the Arabic musical idiom and the musical culture of its people. It is the richness of this examination that makes this book special and worthwhile. I find it a perfect companion to Scott L. Marcus' survey book, Music in Egypt.
I recommend this book for individuals seeking a deep and clear understanding of this underappreciated art and what classical Arab music is all about.