Egyptian Rhythm: The Heavenly Melodies - Moustafa Gadalla

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    Discover the cosmic roots of Egyptian musical, vocal, and dancing rhythmic forms. Learn the fundamentals (theory and practice) of music in the typical Egyptian way: simple, coherent, and comprehensive. Review a detailed description of the major Egyptian musical instruments, playing techniques, functions, etc. Discover the Egyptian rhythmic practices in all aspects of their lives. This book will make your heart sing.

    Sample Highlights:

    The nine Muses and the musical significance of the number 9, as well as 2, 3, 5, 7, and 8.
    The intimate relationship between the Egyptian calendar, music, and festivities.
    How Plato adopted the Egyptian musical system in his Ideal Republic.
    The incredible types, varieties, ranges, and playing techniques of Ancient Egyptian instruments.
    The role of music and dance in daily activities such as agriculture, fishing, etc.

    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents 5
    Preface 10
    Standards and Terminology 13
    Map of Egypt and Surrounding Countries 15
    Map of Ancient Egypt 16

    I. The Harmony of the Spheres
    1. Cosmic Consciousness
    Eye on the Sky
    Harmony of the Spheres 19

    2. Music All the Time (24 hours, 7 days) 24

    3. Energizing the Diatonic Week
    The Natural Musical Scale
    The Two Energy Centers
    The Egyptian Dorian Scale
    Sabt, The Leader of the Band 30

    II. The Harmonic Laws
    4. The Egyptian Roots of Harmonic Laws
    Egypt’s Ideal Laws and Plato
    The Egyptian Dor-ians 39

    5. Ma-at, The Law of Balance 44

    6. Tehuti (Thoth, Hermes), The Divine Sound
    Orderly Sounds
    Language and/of Music
    Tehuti, The Master of Eight (Octave) 46

    7. The Musical Model
    The Rhythms of the Three Seasons
    The Unforgettable: Epact 51

    8. The Musical Dynamo (Auset/Isis and Ausar/Osiris)
    Panta (All) is a Derivative of Pente (Five)
    Progression of the Harmonic Marriage
    - (Counting by Fives) 55

    III. Musical Formulations
    9. The Musical Measuring Unit
    The Egyptian Musical Epact
    The Egyptian Musical Measuring Units
    The Comma, Buk-nunu, and the Siamese Twins
    The Comma and the Musical Instruments 65

    10. The Musical Framework Varieties
    The Overall Tone System
    The 17-Tone (Ausar) Cyclic Framework
    The 22-Tone (Het-Heru) Divisive Framework 71

    11. Musical Structure and Forms
    Moods and Modes (Ethos)
    Design Characteristics of Modes
    The Written Sounds 77

    12. The Musical Performance
    The Harmonic Merit Hand
    The Rhythmic Timing
    Musical Instruments 86

    IIII. Musical Instruments
    13. The Wealth of Instruments
    The Egyptian Instruments
    General Characteristics of E. Instruments
    The Musical Orchestra 97

    14. Stringed Instruments
    Tri-gonon / Tri-Ka-Nun (Zither)
    Harp Playing Techniques
    The All-Encompassing Capacities of
    Ancient Egyptian Harps
    Tanboura (String Instruments with Neck)
    Short-Neck Lute
    The Egyptian Guitars
    A Few Examples of Tanboura Variety
    Bowed Instruments [Violin, Kamanga, Rababa] 103

    15. Wind Instruments
    The Magic Nay (End-Blown Flute)
    Transverse Flute
    Pan Flute
    Single Reed Pipe (Clarinet)
    Double Pipe
    a. Double Clarinet
    b. Double Oboe
    c. Arghool
    d. Others (Bagpipe and Organ)
    The Twin Horns/Trumpets 125

    16. Percussion Instruments
    Membrano-Phone Instruments
    a. Drums
    b. The Tambourine
    Non-Membrano-Phone (Idiophone) Instruments
    a. Percussion Sticks
    b. Clappers
    c. Sistrums/Sistra
    d. Cymbals
    e. Castanets
    f. Bells (Chimes)
    g. Xylophone and Glockenspiel
    Human Parts (hands, fingers, thighs, feet, etc) 141

    IIIII. Maintaining the Heavenly Rhythms
    17. The Universal Harmony
    The Universal Musical Balance
    The Theme of Balanced Polarity
    The Dor-ian Musical Suites 155

    18. The Vocal Powers
    Generating Sounds
    Vocal Music Themes 160

    19. Rhythmic Dancing
    The Lord of the [Song and] Dance
    Dancing Types
    Dancing Formations 165

    20. The Harmonic Practices
    Musicians in Anc. (and Present-Day) Egypt
    The Temple Musical Activities
    The Annual Musical Pilgrimage
    Public Activities 172

    21. The Harmonic Sound Man
    The Earthly Voyage
    Death and Resurrection 181

    22. And the Beat Goes On 186

    A. Western Musical Tampering (Not Tempering) 191

    B. The Noise Makers 193

    C. The Pan-Grecian Conceit 198

    D. Pre-Islam Asiatic Neighbors 204

    E. The Post-Islam Arabized/Islamized World 209

    Glossary 212
    Selected Bibliography 216
    Sources and Notes 219
    Index 227
    About T.R.F. Books 237
    Ordering Information 240