Taqsim: Instrumental Improvisation in Near Eastern Traditions

Taqsim: Instrumental Improvisation in Near Eastern Traditions

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Material Type: 
Recordings
Publisher: 
Jewish Music Research Centre, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Place of Publication: 
Jerusalem
Place of Recording: 
Jerusalem, Haifa
Year: 
1980
Series: 
Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel
Pages: 
1 cassette & booklet
Type of Recording: 
Research Recording
Media: 
Cassette
Country / Area: 
Iraq
Israel
Description: 

This recording presents traditional instrumental solo improvisations performed by Arab and Jewish musicians in Israel. All but one of the taqasim (=pl. form of taqsim, the genre of Middle Eastern instrumental improvisation) are in mainstream urban style, a pan-Middle Eastern style that owes its existence largely to Egyptian musical trends and the Arabic mass media. The cassette is accompanied by a booklet with program notes in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.

Sound Examples: 
Taqsim in Maqam Hijaz

Simon Shaheen, oud

Taqsim in Maqam Madmi

Albert Elias, ney

Taqsim in Maqam Farah Faza

Abraham Salman, qanun

Taqsim and Qitah in Maqam Saba

Albert Elias, ney

Taqsim in Maqam Rast Nawa

Taisir Elias, violin

Samai and Taqsim in Maqam Farah Faza

Simon Shaheen, oud
Taisir Elias, violin
Ramzi Bisharat, darbouka