Az-Zuhoor : an elegy for 'oud
by Katia Tiutiunnik (2014)
Also known as: الزهور : an elegy for 'oud
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The Arabic title of this elegy for 'oud, az-Zuhoor, means "the flowers"; the symbolic nature of this title is multidimensional. In the context of this composition, "the flowers" referred to are those placed on the coffins and graves of the deceased, in addition to those which decorate temples and churches during funerals. In this composition, these "flowers" are portrayed by means of musical ornamentation, in the tradition of classical Arab music, as elucidated in Kitāb al-Musīqa al-Kabīr (The Great Book of Music) by Abu Nasr Muhammad al-Farābī.
Instrumentation: 'Oud solo.
Duration: 5 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Nathan Fischer
Commission note: Commissioned by Nathan Fischer.
The composer notes the following styles, subjects, genres etc associated with this work:
Classical Arab Music, Sufism, Improvisation, Ornamentation
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