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Music in Egypt: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Global Music Series)

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Presents a case study in the 'Global Music' series. This book focuses on the variety of music that fill the eastern Arab world, with special focus on music found in modern day Egypt. Suitable for performer musicians and fieldworkers, it provides an intimate sense of the fabric of the music itself and of aspects of the context of music in Egypt. (Includes CD.) Presents a case study in the 'Global Music' series. This book focuses on the variety of music that fill the eastern Arab world, with special focus on music found in modern day Egypt. Suitable for performer musicians and fieldworkers, it provides an intimate sense of the fabric of the music itself and of aspects of the context of music in Egypt. (Includes CD.)


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Presents a case study in the 'Global Music' series. This book focuses on the variety of music that fill the eastern Arab world, with special focus on music found in modern day Egypt. Suitable for performer musicians and fieldworkers, it provides an intimate sense of the fabric of the music itself and of aspects of the context of music in Egypt. (Includes CD.) Presents a case study in the 'Global Music' series. This book focuses on the variety of music that fill the eastern Arab world, with special focus on music found in modern day Egypt. Suitable for performer musicians and fieldworkers, it provides an intimate sense of the fabric of the music itself and of aspects of the context of music in Egypt. (Includes CD.)

30 review for Music in Egypt: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Global Music Series)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    "Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture" is a great series of books about music cultures all over the world. Eschewing the idea of a university "world music survey" course using a single textbook, the editors of this series instead offer a series of smaller books, each one covering the music of a specific region of the world. I'd previously really enjoyed the volume of Music in Pacific Island Cultures, and now I've just finished Music in Egypt. Scott Marcus fits an incredible amount of informatio "Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture" is a great series of books about music cultures all over the world. Eschewing the idea of a university "world music survey" course using a single textbook, the editors of this series instead offer a series of smaller books, each one covering the music of a specific region of the world. I'd previously really enjoyed the volume of Music in Pacific Island Cultures, and now I've just finished Music in Egypt. Scott Marcus fits an incredible amount of information into this relatively slim book. In fact, at times I wondered if it might be too information-dense for use in a gen-ed university survey. This isn't a book that would "teach itself"; it would require a teacher who is comfortable with the material. But an intriguing aspect of the books structure is how Marcus turns away from a simple chronological presentation of the information. Instead, the content keeps cycling around, moving back and forth through history. Even the recordings (on an accompanying CD) are referred to not just one time, but throughout the book, for different purposes and from different perspectives. I like how that structure conveys the sense that music traditions don't move in straight lines from beginning to end. It's a helpful lesson for any student/reader to be reminded of. On the other hand, that nonchronological cycling through the information can be overwhelming to keep track of. What I missed in Marcus's book is a lot of clear background about Egypt itself, apart from its musical traditions. Because I'm not extremely familiar with the history of the area, I was sometimes confused about what was happening at various times throughout Egypt and the region. More context would be appreciated. But it's a nice volume, and even just a surface read-through (that is, not doing all of the suggested extra activities) taught me about a lot of Egypt's musical traditions, and especially changes through the 20th century. Helpful, intriguing, and perhaps a possibility for in-class use, depending on the situation.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James F

    Global Music series. This is one of the longest books in the series. It focuses on seven types of Egyptian music: the call to prayer, Sufi religious music, folk music from Upper Egypt, art music of the late nineteenth/early twentieth century (particularly Umm Kulthum), art music of the later twentieth century, popular wedding music (zaffa), and the most recent type of popular music. Each type is represented by a single long example on the CD. I thought it was well done and the subject was very i Global Music series. This is one of the longest books in the series. It focuses on seven types of Egyptian music: the call to prayer, Sufi religious music, folk music from Upper Egypt, art music of the late nineteenth/early twentieth century (particularly Umm Kulthum), art music of the later twentieth century, popular wedding music (zaffa), and the most recent type of popular music. Each type is represented by a single long example on the CD. I thought it was well done and the subject was very interesting -- this and the Indian music were the main reasons I am reading the series, after reading Mahfouz' Cairo trilogy and Devadayal's The Music Room in the last two years.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This was one of the best books in the Global Music Series. It was clear, thorough, and, within the parameters of the series, rigorous. I was especially happy with the explanations of the melodic and rhythmic modes - the explanations were good, and the listening examples that went along with them included both demonstrations and sections of actual pieces. I especially liked the way that the listening exercises required multiple listenings of the same piece, each time focusing on different aspects This was one of the best books in the Global Music Series. It was clear, thorough, and, within the parameters of the series, rigorous. I was especially happy with the explanations of the melodic and rhythmic modes - the explanations were good, and the listening examples that went along with them included both demonstrations and sections of actual pieces. I especially liked the way that the listening exercises required multiple listenings of the same piece, each time focusing on different aspects of the music. Also, I just really, really liked Egyptian music. I found myself listening to the music examples for fun as well as for the listening exercises.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne Ku

    I ordered this book through the university interlibrary loan to supplement my lecture on music of the middle east. Well-written. This introduced me to other titles from the "Global Music Series" -- all with CDs - that I can use in teaching the 3-credit undergraduate course "Music in World Cultures" that is broadcasted on cable TV and internet. Very indepth. Ethnomusicology. I ordered this book through the university interlibrary loan to supplement my lecture on music of the middle east. Well-written. This introduced me to other titles from the "Global Music Series" -- all with CDs - that I can use in teaching the 3-credit undergraduate course "Music in World Cultures" that is broadcasted on cable TV and internet. Very indepth. Ethnomusicology.

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    Giulia

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    Mark Lomanno

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    brian hogan

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    Hoby Zahra

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    David Allen

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    Brooke Foster

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    Nolan Vallier

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    Tanya Jones

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    Meyan

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