Four Arabic Sketches – easy flexible pieces for beginner ensembles
This collection of four short concert pieces for beginners is intended to introduce the new musicians, as well as the audience, to the world of Arabic music in a fun and enjoyable way, and is designed to make the ensemble practice easy and productive.
Every piece introduces a scene from Arabic folklore, inviting the little musicians to discover the beauty of Arabic traditions and cultures.
In some pieces, the musicians will be asked to perform some simple body percussion, and say some Arabic words, which will add some magic to the music!
The first piece titled “Dabkeh” is a traditional Levantine dance that is still performed at weddings and public events in Arabic countries, in which the dancers hold their hands together and form a circle showing a scene of solidarity and unity. It is a high-energy dance that demands a great amount of physical effort and is usually performed by both men and women.
The second piece takes us to a very special period for Arab people, called “Ramadan”. For a complete month, people enjoy gathering for the “Iftar” when the sun sets, after long fasting, then attending public events, and organizing cultural gatherings.
The third piece is titled “Raqsa”, which means simply “A Dance”. The Arabic dance, mainly performed by a female dancer, is full of energy and beauty. Usually accompanied by hand clapping and percussion instruments, and sometimes singing too.
The fourth piece takes us to the traditional Arabic wedding ceremonies, which sometimes continue for more than 5 consecutive days. At an Arabic traditional wedding, all the village gathers in the bride’s or groom’s home, participating in all the details of the preparations for the wedding, bringing food and gifts, and celebrating joyfully with music, songs, and dances
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