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Choral Arrangements from Arab

Traditional and modern Arabic choral and folksongs arranged for harmony voices.

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Salamu Aleikum : Choral Music of the Muslim World : SATB : Sheet Music : MMW

Salamu Aleikum : Choral Music of the Muslim World

Muslim choral music? There are numerous examples of group singing in the Muslim world, almost all of which is non-notated. Many of these group singing genres date back several centuries, such as the genre of Arab music called the muwashshahat, a song tradition that started in Muslim Spain and has continued vigorously until modern times. While there are numerous examples of Muslim group singing, notated part-singing is a product of colonization, Westernization, Christianization, and now globalization. It is becoming increasingly popular for composers in the Muslim world to arrange and compose music for the Western-style choir, and this collection serves to introduce participants to the breadth of Muslim culture, some Muslim songs, and the great diaspora of music of the Muslim world through a selection of pieces from different social, and cultural contexts.

Songlist: Ai'Yu, Fog Elna Khel, Adinu, Yal Asmar Ellon, Entarisi Ala Benziyor, Lammaa Badaa Yatathannaa, El-Helwa Di

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Voicing: SATB | 4378b | Sheet Music | $13.50 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

Displaying 1-10 of 10 items.


Adinu : Andre de Quadros : Sheet Music : S-351

Andre de Quadros : Adinu

Arranged by Andre de Quadros and Shireen Abu-Khader, the text of this traditional Sufi melody is attributed to the Andalusian Moorish Sufi mystic, philosopher, and poet, Abu Abdillah Muhammad (1165-1240). He believed that love was the dominant universal force. He is, even today, a powerful symbol of inter-religious harmony.

Arranger: Andre de Quadros | Country: Arab

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| Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| S-351


Ai'Yu : SSAATTBB : Mohamed Abdelfatah : Mohamed Abdelfatah : Sheet Music : S-304

Mohamed Abdelfatah : Ai'Yu

The word ai'yu (transliterated here from Arabic) is a term used by the people of Alexandria, Egypt. A distinctly secular term, ai'yu can take on a number of meanings but is used as a common exclamation of awe, excitement, and wonder. In this composition, Abdelwahab has taken his native knowledge of traditional Egyptian melody and ornamentation as the basis for new composition.

Composer: Mohamed Abdelfatah | Country: Arab

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | $2.30 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| S-304


Al-yadil yadil yadi : 2-Part : John Higgins : Sheet Music : 08745597 : 884088076399

John Higgins : Al-yadil yadil yadi

It isn't very often that you get a chance to perform music from the Middle East! This setting of an Arabic folksong isn't difficult and the percussion patterns are easily performed by your singers.Available separately: 3-Part Mixed and 2-Part. ShowTrax CD also available. Performance Time: Approx. 2:00

Arranger: John Higgins | Country: Arab

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.60 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745597 | Showtrax CD Available


Al-yadil yadil yadi : SAB : John Higgins : Sheet Music : 08745598 : 884088076405

John Higgins : Al-yadil yadil yadi

It isn't very often that you get a chance to perform music from the Middle East! This setting of a Palestinian folksong isn't difficult and the percussion patterns are easily performed by your singers.Available separately: 3-Part Mixed and 2-Part. ShowTrax CD also available. Performance Time: Approx. 2:00

Arranger: John Higgins | Country: Arab

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745598 | Showtrax CD Available


El-Helwa Di : SATB : Edward Torikian : Sheet Music : S-450

Edward Torikian : El-Helwa Di

The melody of the song El-Helwa Di was created by Eqyptian composer Sayyid Darwish, (1892- 1923) in Egyptian Arabic, to lyrics by Badih Khayri. Torikian arranged this song for mixed chorus, a cappella, combining harmonic and contrapuntal styles, and rhythms and effects from different traditions. This song represents Egyptian life at the beginning of the twentieth century. Early in the morning, a beautiful woman wakes up to prepare the bread of the day. In the meantime, the sound of the rooster is heard-"ku ku ku ku"-and the entire neighborhood awakens. People begin to greet to each other happily. Their pockets are empty of money, but their mood is calm and peaceful, convinced that hope and patience are good virtues in life, and that God is always present in the hearts of poor people.

Arranger: Edward Torikian | Country: Arab

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| S-450


Fog Elna Khel : SATB : 0 : Sheet Music : S-320

Fog Elna Khel

Salim Bali heard the song Fo g Elna Khel for the first time in a Syrian Arab Television broadcast in 1966, when the great Iraqi singer Naa al-Ghazali was hosted in a special TV program in Damascus. Initially, and as is the case with most Syrians, the homonymous nature of its title phrase led Bali to think that the words were "Fog el-Na khel" ("High above the palm trees"), despite the fact that the remainder of the lyrics did not have much to do with palm trees. This belief persisted until 2006 when a musician friend informed him of the little known fact that it really is spelled Fo g Elno Khel ("There above, I have an intimate friend"), which, in the Iraqi accent, is pronounced the same.

Country: Arab

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| S-320


Koowu : SSA : Maryam Khoury : Maryam Khoury : Sheet Music : SBMP695 : 964807006958

Maryam Khoury : Koowu

In Arabic, Koowu means strength. As a child, Maryam Sameer Faheem Khoury's father told her stories about the difficulties he experienced growing up in Palestine. Koowu is about how different her life would be if her father had not moved to the United States. The text of Koowu is symbolically about a caged bird who longs to fly away and find freedom. The modality of the melody hints at the composer's roots; the addition of a dumbek (drum) adds its own authenticity to the ethnic leanings of the piece. A colorful, unique addition to women's repertoire. Dumbek part available as a free download.

Composer: Maryam Khoury | Country: Arab

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Voicing: SSA | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| SBMP695


Lamma Badaa Yatathanna : SA : Joy Ondra Hirokawa : 08754586 : 884088645861

Joy Ondra Hirokawa : Lamma Badaa Yatathanna

Here is a traditional Andalusian/Arabic song arranged for 2-part voices (any combination), piano, optional violin, cello and dumbek, or any combination of these instruments. Very well crafted, it includes notated ornaments to achieve a more authentic performance as well as educational information, pronunciation, translation and instrumental parts.

Arranger: Joy Ondra Hirokawa | Country: Arab

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754586


Lammaa Badaa Yatathannaa : SATB : 0 : Sheet Music : S-366

Lammaa Badaa Yatathannaa

Shireen Abu-Khader's Lammaa badaa yatathannaa is a popular Arabic muwashshah. The muwashshah, a strophic form, originated in Cabra during the Muslim rule in Spain until 1492. Since then, this song type has spread throughout the Arab world where it survives in oral tradition.

Country: Arab

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| S-366


Yal Asmar Ellon : 0 : Sheet Music : S-397

Yal Asmar Ellon

Yal asmar ellon is a popular traditional song from Aleppo in northern Syria. It is part of the repertoire of songs called al qudud. This song originated in the 19th century. Yal asmar ellon has been transmitted orally, which accounts for its melodic and textual variations. As in other Arab song traditions, the singer adresses his beloved discreetly using the male pronoun. The melody is in the hijaz mode, similar to the Western harmonic minor scale.

Country: Arab

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| Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| S-397


Music Harmony Arrangements from Around the World