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Lecture on The Art of Arabic Maqām
This lecture serves as an introduction to the music modality through the Art of Arabic Maqām. A different approach to music intervals is presented, inspired by the Baroque Doctrine of Affects rooted in the Ancient Greek and Medieval Arab theories of ethos ήθος and ta’theer تأثير النغم. The intervals are approached qualitatively and quantitatively in order to outline an Affect Theory for the Arabic Music.
Speaker: Dr. Amer Didi, Assistant Professor, Performing Arts Program, AUS
He has taught Western and Arabic music at the Lebanese University, Antonine University and the LNHC-Beirut. His areas of research and teaching interest include Arabic musical instruments, and Arabic, Western and World music. He is founder and director of the Music School of the Antonine Fathers in Zahle, president of the Curriculum Committee of Music Education at the UAE Ministry of Education, and founder and director of the AUS Arabic Music Ensemble. An expert in Medieval Arab music manuscripts, he is a member of the Historical Studies Committee of the Arab Academy (Arab League) and the IReMus-France.
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